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Old 01-15-2019, 05:21 PM
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Grab a couple of 500-watt halogen work lights. They not only light up the night, they also provide heat.
 
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So you are jumping head first into $2019 Challenge? I saw that in the magazine's Feb edition with a R50 photo, and thought to myself my Desire's blood is too rich to qualify base cost wise. Good for you to go for it. It should be a lot of fun.
 
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Propane top heater also does wonders for a garage. I use on in a detached block garage. Warms it up to T-shirt temperature in not much time.
 
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Old 01-16-2019, 05:52 AM
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Propane top heater also does wonders for a garage. I use on in a detached block garage. Warms it up to T-shirt temperature in not much time.
How well insulated is your garage? My walls are insulated but the ceiling and garage doors are not. I’ve been disappointed in my attempts to warm it up. Am trying to decide how much to invest in insulation.
 
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:00 AM
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How well insulated is your garage? My walls are insulated but the ceiling and garage doors are not. I’ve been disappointed in my attempts to warm it up. Am trying to decide how much to invest in insulation.

ZERO

CMU walls, open roof rafters with gable vents, and a non-insulated garage door. I heat that thing up with a standard propane top heater in 15 degree weather just fine. Sure, laying on the ground under the car can be a bit cool, but its really not bad at all.

I use one of these, which I think I happened to score at WalMart a time ago for $40.
https://www.target.com/p/dyna-glo-40k-lp-360-176-tank-top-heater/-/A-17410382?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&f ndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Patio%2BGarden%2BShopping&adg roup=SC_Patio%2BGarden_Top+Performers&LID=70000000 1170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9014885&gcl src=aw.ds&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&ds_rl=124697 8&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA _Patio+Garden+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Patio+Garden_Top %20Performers&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&dev ice=c&location=9014885&gclid=CjwKCAiAyfvhBRBsEiwAe 2t_i5ujo_70Nqp34CTu3mJeMoR3-XtUao71Ls9qeicW_0zrJbu_vNx76BoCbm8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc= aw.ds

If you are going to insulate, just have them blow a R13 up in the ceiling...I think much more is a waste of money in a garage.
 
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Old 01-16-2019, 12:43 PM
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iwashmycar - thanks. I have a kerosene heater but it doesn't have nearly the effect I'd hoped for. After the heater was on for hours on Sunday, the temp made it to 49 -- the outside temperature was around 30. The heater is 24K BTU but the garage is oversized 3 car with a 10 ft ceiling. Probably too much volume for too little heater. I don't want to rush into a solution so I'll probably research it and address it when the weather is warmer.
 
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:00 PM
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So you are jumping head first into $2019 Challenge? I saw that in the magazine's Feb edition with a R50 photo, and thought to myself my Desire's blood is too rich to qualify base cost wise. Good for you to go for it. It should be a lot of fun.
Yea, I have $1976 in the car with the new JCW Supercharger. I need a about $250 more to get on the road. I think between the supercharger core, front driving lights and the Mini Fini hitch I should be able to meet that budget. then it's just a matter of sorting the car for the different events. But like GRM says, it's about the fun, if I go down there and do well it will just be icing on the cake. I think it will be a blast.
 
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:06 PM
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How well insulated is your garage? My walls are insulated but the ceiling and garage doors are not. I’ve been disappointed in my attempts to warm it up. Am trying to decide how much to invest in insulation.
My walls are finished (maybe insulated) and there is insulation in the ceiling (living space above the garage.) The doors are just thin aluminum, I could insulate it with some foam board and it would probably help. I had a kerosene heater but where I live you can forget finding any kerosene. I have a propane catalytic heater but I have to let it run for a couple of hours to get the temperature up so I can use that on the weekends but not during the week. I'll keep banging at it until I get the work done, just maybe not as fast as I like.
 
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by iwashmycar View Post
ZERO

CMU walls, open roof rafters with gable vents, and a non-insulated garage door. I heat that thing up with a standard propane top heater in 15 degree weather just fine. Sure, laying on the ground under the car can be a bit cool, but its really not bad at all.

If you are going to insulate, just have them blow a R13 up in the ceiling...I think much more is a waste of money in a garage.
I have two layers of cardboard on the floor, not only does it keep you off the cold concrete it's a heck of a lot easier on your body than the concrete!! Lots of Amazon boxes to the rescue!
 
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OK, I'm back. In January I had a little health thing going and while it didn't take long to recover I have been really adverse to cold. Well it's finally warmed up and I'm back in the garage.Last weekend I pulled the oil pan and replaced the gasket. A lot of other stuff has to be pulled off to get pan pulled off. But it went well and I cleaned everything up as I went.

It's Easter weekend this weekend and I have plans with the grandkids so no Mini work but I have to order a JCW pulley puller so I can swap the pulley on the new supercharger to the Dinan pulley. I'll post up some pics when I have something interesting to share!

It's good to be back!
 
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