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Photos of The Viking Lounge & Corvette Workshop

lars

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With some of the posts and comments I’ve put up, I’ve had a few people asking if I have a “real workshop” or “just a garage”. I’m not sure what you’d call this, but we call it the “Viking Lounge Bar and Corvette Workshop,” so you be the judge of what it is…

These are the dismal conditions that I was working in before a recent remodel of the work area: Workbench has a half-dozen customer carbs, and a couple of engine builds are in process. Yes, the Sun distributor machine works, and it gets regular usage:
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The Lounge now includes a display area for the cars and a full bar with 2 beers on tap. Good Scotch, Bourbon and cigars are mandatory for good restoration work:
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Saturday afternoons often see customers taking advantage of beverages and loading their engines onto the run stand for test runs. This was prior to the final floor finishing:
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New work bench area is still loaded up with carb work, but there’s a bit more space now. Holleys and Q-Jets make up the majority of the work. 4160 Holley in background has just been converted to 4150 with a secondary metering block - carb tested out perfectly on the mule engine.
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Two or three engines are usually in process at any given time. 400 Pontiac in the background is ready for dyno testing, and the 400 in the foreground just came in with a spun rod bearing.
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How about a Ford Escort engine swap for a 430-horse Chevy…? A Vette with an overhead cam engine is very fancy… The Viking Lounge sees quite a range of projects:
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The “mule” test engine is always ready for testing of carbs. The engine is instrumented with a wideband ox sensor, tach, and vacuum gauge to get a pretty good indication and verification of component setup. Every carb built gets a 30-minute test profile on the “mule” (357 Chevy with Dart heads and a Comp XE268H cam – a good representative modest performance engine running just over 400 horsepower). Next engine is waiting its turn for the run stand:
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Mac

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Ottawa, Canuckistan
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1973 coupe L82 (gone as casualty of divorce)
That looks like a well-sorted out playroom to me! :cool!:

-Mac
 

bill81vette

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Troy,NY
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1981 dark blue metallic
Very nice set-up Lars!!!!:beer:beer
 

White75

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Kingwood (Houston) TX
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'75 L48 Auto White, '78 L82 4-spd SA
Is it bad I want to sell my current house just to buy one with a bigger garage? Love the mancave Lars!
 

lars

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In my workshop bar in Denver
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64 Black Roadster; 85 Coupe; 09 G8 GT 4-door Vette
Well, I'm thinking about knocking out the wall between the garage and the living room to eliminate the useless living room and make the garage twice as big. That's not bad, is it..?
 

TimAT

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Gladstone Missouri
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1969 LS-7 BB
Looks good Lars!
:thumb
I've always said I need a garage with a small attached house.......
:beer
 

bill81vette

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you can never have to much garage!!!!
 

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