Garage Life

Project 280 SLeeper Part 2: Our 1970 Mercedes 280SL Gets Suspended

Project 280 SLeeper Part 2: Our 1970 Mercedes 280SL Gets Suspended

The plan for our 1970 Mercedes Benz 280SL calls for a V8 swap and a color change from a boring and unhealthy Tobacco Brown to a much more soothing Blue Gray Metallic and the interior color from brown to red. The parts are back from their various coaters, platers, and blessers… and we are putting Humpty back together again.

by 06/14/2016 1 comment Cars, Garage Life, Sweet Builds, Tech
Insider Trading: The Tale Of A Jaguar Interior

Insider Trading: The Tale Of A Jaguar Interior

Tearing a classic collector car down to its bare bones can be trying on the nerves and the hands. In some cases, like a cosmetic restoration, the drama can be diminished. Repainting, an engine refresh, or an interior update for instance are much more manageable for mind and body alike. Case in point is this 1964 Jaguar XKE Speedster.

by 02/04/2015 1 comment Car Culture, Cars, Garage Life
Collectors Foundation: Bringing Back Shop Class

Collectors Foundation: Bringing Back Shop Class

Most of us will recall our shop classes from junior high and high school fondly. Designing, building, and problem-solving with both head and hands… There is lasting value in these learning experiences. Unfortunately, we are witnessing the demise of vocational training in our schools. One philanthropic movement aims to reverse the trend.

by 11/28/2012 5 comments Car Culture, Garage Life, People
As Seen On TV: Griot’s Garage Treasures

As Seen On TV: Griot’s Garage Treasures

You know they exist… Warehouses, barns, and garages filled to the gills with one-of-a-kind automobiles. But these troves of car guy dream stuff are often inaccessible. You hardly ever get to look inside. Until now. In a 13-show TV series, Griot’s Garage is rolling open the door on some of the most interesting car collections in the country.

by 10/24/2012 1 comment Cars, Garage Life, Griot's Garage, People
Get Your Free Garage Therapy Door Hanger

Get Your Free Garage Therapy Door Hanger

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so here’s an easy way to make sure you get some quality time with the one you love. Download, print, and cut out this door hanger, then enjoy some much-needed garage therapy. Of course, the sentiment is not limited to the month of February. Feel free to enjoy it year-round!

by 02/01/2012 0 comments Downloads, Garage Life, Griot's Garage
‘Twas the Night Before Race Day

‘Twas the Night Before Race Day

With a tip of the crash helmet to Clement Clarke Moore… ‘Twas the night before race day, when all through the garage, not an engine was turning, not even my Dodge. The spanners where hung by the compressor with care, in hopes that “St. Horsepower” soon would be there.

by 12/16/2011 1 comment Garage Life, Randomness, Stories
Guest Post: How to Prevent a Car or Shop Fire

Guest Post: How to Prevent a Car or Shop Fire

It’s every car lover’s nightmare. Your prized automobiles, your garage, or both are engulfed in flames, while you stand helplessly and watch dreams and dollar signs drift skyward with the smoke. As devastating as car and shop fires can be, they are (in large part) preventable. Our friends at Hagerty Insurance have put together some helpful tips.

by 10/14/2011 12 comments Garage Life, Griot's Garage, Tech
The Secret to a Great Garage: Start With The Floor!

The Secret to a Great Garage: Start With The Floor!

You may have heard us say it now and then at Griot’s… Every great garage starts with the floor. My dad has been working piece-by-piece to transform his garage into a great one. So, with sheet rock hung and walls painted, it was time to attack the 35 year-old slab of tired looking, oil-stained concrete. I knew just what it needed.

by 08/23/2011 28 comments Garage Life, Sweet Builds, Tech
Star Cars: The Ralph Lauren Car Collection

Star Cars: The Ralph Lauren Car Collection

At one time or another, most of us have debated with friends how, if money was no issue, we’d fill our dream garages. For most, these answers rarely go beyond  that afternoon discussion. For a lucky few, one (or maybe two) of these dream machines might find their way to the garage. And then there is Ralph Lauren, whose collection seems hand-picked from the imaginations of car guys everywhere.

by 07/11/2011 2 comments Car Culture, Cars, Garage Life, People, Star Cars
A New Garage! Part 6: Rounding the Bend

A New Garage! Part 6: Rounding the Bend

You’ve had projects in your garage, so you know… There comes a time in every build where the finished product is in sight. Idea has transformed to rendering has transformed to reality. Just over a month ago, we showed you the progress on our barn find build and asked you to use your imagination. Now, you won’t have to.