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carl888

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Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« on: 23 August 2012, 06:46 AM »
Well, it's official, we now have W116 club rooms in Melbourne!   I bought a 400 meter factory in the Northern suburbs to turn into a man cave.  As some of you know, I was sharing some space in Richmond, but it was too small.  During the week the main part of it was a commercial workshop, so I couldn't leave projects mid way with stuff on the floor and only having the use of the hoist on a weekend was a right old PITA.

I'm in the process of giving it a make over, on a budget, I'm completely broke, but at least I'll never have to move again.  Going to put in a small kitchen, set up a really large sound system, ultimately some sort of cinema and I might even do some work there.  It will be a month or two off being habitable, but that should mean we can have a W116 meeting as the warmer weather approaches.  Giddy up!

Some pics.....

The inside after it was hosed out with the fire hose:






The fun stuff, getting the lights going, cleaning the walls and tidying up, a lot to do...





More later,

CJ

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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #1 on: 23 August 2012, 06:52 AM »
Dude.... now that is a garage.

Well, well, worth the financial stretch I would say. 

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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #2 on: 23 August 2012, 04:33 PM »
OMG!  OMG!  OMG!  OMG!   8) 8) 8)  So when's the first meeting?????
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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #3 on: 23 August 2012, 08:20 PM »
Good one Carl, now you play any time you want to.

I bet you fill it in right away.

cheers

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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #4 on: 24 August 2012, 03:21 AM »
My oath it's a garage... Perfect! 8)

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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #5 on: 24 August 2012, 04:17 AM »
This kind of space is literally worth millions of pounds in the south-east of UK. You are fortunate.

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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #6 on: 24 August 2012, 05:35 AM »
Great find Carl and a generous offer too!

Should make for some great Photo op's too!

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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #7 on: 25 August 2012, 01:42 AM »
PM me Carl if you'd like a hand cleaning or setting up....
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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #8 on: 25 August 2012, 07:01 AM »
that is cool. very lucky. if you were here in perth, TJ would have 18 cars in your garage by now!
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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #9 on: 26 August 2012, 02:15 AM »
Can you buy one for me too please Carl?

This is exactly what I am planning to do, I've given up on the idea of building a garage in the back yard, going straight to the big time, just gotta convince the accountant.

Looks fantastic.
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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #10 on: 26 August 2012, 03:59 AM »
Congratulations. That is impressive. I need to start saving.
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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #11 on: 26 August 2012, 05:47 PM »
Can you buy one for me too please Carl?

This is exactly what I am planning to do, I've given up on the idea of building a garage in the back yard, going straight to the big time, just gotta convince the accountant.

Looks fantastic.


LOL Just remind the accountant that its easy to count other peoples money and much harder to actually make it.

I cant see commercial property being a bad investment if the price is right.

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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #12 on: 03 September 2012, 10:34 PM »
Thanks for the comments, it's been a long time coming, my first workshop I rented was in 1997 and I've moved 7 times since then, I'm over it.  (And Mark, thanks for your offer, just rec'd your pm, I'll let you know if I need a hand).

It looks like it will be the best part of a month before it's all up and running, so we can have a mid spring meeting there.  I've been busy these last 10 days simply cleaning.  It's amazing just how much cutting compound has been washed out of the place (It was panel shop prior).  Additionally, simple jobs like removing extraneous wiring and making doors close and lock properly is so time consuming, but the effort is well worth it.  I have to get up on the roof to clean the sky lights and clean the spoutings over the next week.  Another scrup of the floors should see it habitable.  I've started moving the cars in, the Germans can come first, the Latin shit can come next week!  I've also picked up a fair bit of used racking and benches which will go in shortly.  You can never have enough of that, provided you can keep the top of the benches clean.

I've had a few PMs about what it cost, you might be surprised, not as much as you might think.  Firstly, the place in Richmond some of you have been to has been valued at 1.45 million.  I cannot afford that, simple!  This plce, which is the same size is near the corner of Sydney road and Bell Street Coburg, not as nice in terms of location but it's over a million dollars cheaper.  However it is 21mins by car from home which is nice, but actually I like to take the train so I can catch up on some reading, the train station is a 7 minute walk.  The property went to Auction in September 2011 and didn't make the reserve of $495K.  I eventually paid $380K, which works out at $702 a meter, which I thought was very fair.  I split the purchase with a friend who needs some space, we went 50/50.  We need to garage 11 cars plus two hoists and a bar area.  But it's surprising just how quickly 400 meters fills!  Some more pics of the progress....










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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #13 on: 04 September 2012, 01:32 AM »
did you at least do one donut on the floor before filling it? Thats one cool space carl!

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Re: Melbourne W116 Club Rooms
« Reply #14 on: 04 September 2012, 04:07 AM »
That's one very nice looking factory!!!  Congrats again!  Plenty of play space with all the toys!  Can't wait for a invite/visit!   :)
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