Hotrod & Restoration

January/February '13

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tial-type steel door (with windows) for about $150 for the assembly room main entry location, and two pre-hung hollow core wood doors for the storage room for about $80 each. Given that the engine assembly room is inside my main shop with no outside access, I went this cheaper route, since the building itself is very secure (heavy commercial steel outside doors, heavy-duty locks and a monitored surveillance security system), I didn't see the point in trying to go overboard for this room's security. (Heck, if somebody breaks into the building, the security system will alert the cops well before they reach the engine room.) For door handles, I went with Schlage "Elan" series lever-type handles, on their "satin chrome" finish (looks like brushed stainless). A lever style, as opposed to a rounded knob, makes operation easier, especially if you're carrying something (you can use your elbow to operate a lever), or if your hands are slimy due to having recently coated a cam with assembly lube. Given that I decided not to lock these doors, I bought the "passage" style lever handles for about $27 each. Also, since our steel entry door featured a deadbolt hole above the handset hole, and since I didn't plan to install a deadbolt, I bought a couple of inexpensive anodized aluminum door "push" plates at Home Depot. Using a 2.25" hole saw, I bored a hole in each plate to allow installation of the handset. The plates cover the deadbolt hole and provide a handy hand-contact area to prevent smudging the painted door surface. In order to protect the doors and to spruce things up a bit, I added stainless steel kick panels at the door bottom areas (this provides a "kick" surface for shoes or engine stands if and when they contact the doors). side the assembly room. Instead of ordering a custom-built window assembly, I bought a 3' x 5' "replacement-style" vinyl clad window frame, outfitted with dual-pane tempered glass. This ran about $130 at a local Carter Lumber store (a custom-built window of the same size, made with an aluminum frame would have run about $250). PICTURE WINDOW I wanted a picture window to allow visitors in the shop to be able to view the assembly room (just for the fun of it). Installing a viewing window also reduces the claustrophobic effect when you're in- Quik-Link: 1-800-306-0133 ext. 12123 2013 January/February Hotrod & Restoration HRR_Jan/Feb13_Pages1-63.indd 45 45 1/25/13 3:21 PM

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