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January/February '13

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COMPUTER AND MONITOR Yes, it's probably overkill, but I added a PC computer and state-of-the-art wall-mounted flat screen monitor. Why? Instead of leaving the engine room, trekking back to my office to look up engine specs, or to make notes, etc., this allows us to conveniently reference information and to record data at the workstation. The engine room computer connects to my main office computer via a wireless router. For the monitor, I wanted a high-quality flat-screen unit that is wall mounted to avoid taking up worktable space. The monitor of choice is made by Lenovo (they make IBM's monitors). This is a 22" ThinkVision, Model L220x, offering a viewable screen area of 18.7" x 11.65". It features two separate connectors for digital or analog video input, and two inputs for connection to two individual computers, if desired. A very cool feature is the dual-format screen, allowing the screen to be rotated horizontally or vertically (landscape or portrait). A USB 2.0 hub is included (one port into the PC and four ports for accessories). Maximum resolution is a whopping 1920x1200 pixels. The screen is anti-glare, which is great for a room with as much lighting as ours. I mounted the monitor to the wall at the center of the Lista cabinets, using a Peerless PA730 wall mount (this allows the monitor to be pushed back against the wall (placing the monitor face 4.5" from the wall) or pulled out another 13" due to the pivoting articulated arm, and is easily pivoted up-down and left/right. Very handy. Hey, if the NASCAR Cup teams can have flat screen monitors built into their pit carts, why not use one in an engine assembly room? Is this absolutely necessary? Of course not. But if it's worth doing, it's worth doing to excess. CABINETS When it came to choosing the engine room's primary tool cabinets, I didn't mess around. I chose Lista storage cabinets for the main workstation area. After all, for my new baby, only the best would do. The multi-drawer cabinets, P/N MW0750-0604F-FT-KA, feature six drawers of graduating height (from top to bottom: 2", 3", 3", 4", 5" and 7" high). Each drawer's footprint measures a whopping 42 13/16" x 24". The two-door cabinets, P/N MW0750-0201D-FT-KA, feature two doors, with two very heavy-duty rollout trays (definitely strong enough to handle iron cylinder heads without a whimper). Outside cabinet dimensions are 47" wide x 28.5" deep x 33.5" high. The FT designation denotes a fork truck base (allowing movement using a fork truck, with base covers installed after the cabinets are in place). The KA designation means that all of the cabinets share the same keys for their locks (keyed alike). Lista offers several options in terms of base designs and key setups. Various base designs accommodate floor mounting or cabinet stacking. While I selected white as our color of choice, standard colors include white, light blue and red. Optional colors include bright Quik-Link: 1-800-306-0133 ext. 12151 2013 January/February Hotrod & Restoration HRR_Jan/Feb13_Pages1-63.indd 49 49 1/25/13 3:53 PM

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