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January/February '13

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possibly complain about the quality of these units. Absolutely top-notch, and designed to last a lifetime. It simply doesn't get any better. Lista storage units are in use by top NASCAR Cup, Indy, Top Fuel and F-1 teams and the aerospace industry. That alone gives you a hint of how superb these cabinets are. It just doesn't get any better than this. These cabinets represent an investment that will last longer than any human lifetime. An additional stand-alone cabinet, provided by the kind folks at CWT, is dedicated for cylinder head inspection and assembly. The 2-door heavy-duty steel cabinet allows plenty of room for head tools and chemicals, while the top provides ample room for head stands and a Goodson burette (for measuring cylinder head chamber volume). For added storage (mostly for chemicals, towels, gloves, manuals, etc.), I purchased white melamine overhead wallmount cabinets. Each unit features three doors and two internal shelves. Our units are made by Prepac, their model WEW-5424, at $185.34 each. Eventually I plan to add a dedicated –AN hose assembly station and a room-dedicated vacuum system for bench and floor cleanup. FLOOR The shop's concrete floor is 4.5" thick. When the shop was first built, I coated the floor with a two-part epoxy floor paint from Pratt & Lambert. Since the engine room area already had this coating, I took advantage of the epoxy (instead of stripping it off), which provided a good base for my final desired coating. After scuffing and cleaning the epoxy coating, we applied a two-part high-gloss urethane floor paint from ICI. This is their #379 high-solids urethane, in a light gray color. The room required three kits of urethane (each kit includes one gallon of paint and one quart of activator, at about $60 per kit). The urethane was applied in two coats, using paint rollers. The epoxy base provides strength, and the urethane topcoat provides excellent fade and chemical resistance. If you want to go to the bother and expense, this epoxy base and urethane topcoat combination is a great approach. This is the method used on many high-level military and commercial aircraft hangar floors. HRR 2013 January/February Hotrod & Restoration Quik-Link: 1-800-306-013353 12127 ext. HRR_Jan/Feb13_Pages1-63.indd 53 1/25/13 3:48 PM

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