It’s amazing how much stuff disappears in the garage.
Collecting classic car parts and stacking it to the rafters is an endless cycle. Yet no matter how organized the space is, sooner or later, something goes missing.
Thanks to the Garage Monster.
Accumulating a garage-worth of vintage speed parts is like feeding The Blob, the outer space alien mass that consumes everything in its path. The gear lube and oil stains just keep getting bigger, following us everywhere, until one day you go to look for something and it’s not where you last put it.
Therein lies the dilemma. Every now and then, parts need to be re-stacked or moved to a different corner, just to make room for the next influx of parts. It’s in that movement – cleaning – that you realize how much stuff you really have. More like, how much stuff you really don’t need. So it’s time to get rid of things.
But we just can’t get rid of, let alone sell these cool parts! What if we need them later? Case in point, we recently picked up a new shop truck, a 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne. This after just selling a mint set of truck rally wheels. Oh, well. What do you do?
And, besides, the Garage Monster hates to let go of things.
No matter how organized the space is, sooner or later, something goes missing. It’s unavoidable. Calling your garage a museum is a stretch, but its curator is a finicky beast. Losing a few things now and then is the price to pay for hoarding a performance marketplace.
To the Garage Monster, size doesn’t matter. A rare set of cylinder heads could be a few feet from the door and its patina camouflage will keep it concealed indefinitely. A date-coded spare wheel which rolled away years ago is still playing hide and seek. That flat piece of sheet metal with a hole cut out of it once called a stock hood will blend in perfectly to the wall, given enough cobwebs and other hubcaps to conceal it.
Your Garage Monster has a hard job to fill and an insatiable appetite for nostalgia. Its only job is to accumulate. Don’t even try, it doesn’t want to relocate that skyscraper of tires trying its best to emulate The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Be thankful if it allows just enough room to actually park a modern commuter or two in the stalls.
Every once in awhile, though, the Garage Monster decides to play nice and offers up a treat. Re-finding forgotten treasures stashed for years is like Christmas morning as a kid, all over again. Moving some boxes recently unearthed a few old carburetors that had been hidden for years. The Garage Monster really did a number this time, hiding them on the top shelf just out of view.
Storing classic car parts, while dealing with your Garage Monster, gets even harder as the years – and parts – pile up. It’s a delicate balance, one that many enthusiasts find they are losing.
Wonder what’s the next car part that will resurface?