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Old 12-02-2014, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default My new place! The Mopar Mill!

As promised, here is the new place I recently purchased. It is a partially renovated feed mill, with a pretty nice one bedroom apartment above the main floor retail space. But I really bought it for the shop, and the fact that I could sell my place in the city, stop renting small shop I share now, and most importantly, have no mortgage!



That's my winter beater Olds out front.

The shop itself is approx. 40'x40' with what looks like 16ft clear height. The heat is one of those natural gas fired tube heaters. It seems to easily heat the shop up. There is also an old oil furnace, but it doesn't work, the tank is empty, and I am removing it. The floor seems to measure up at over 5" thick and the shop is all block construction. Its also all clear span, with a couple of 2ft web I-beams holding up the 2x12's for the floor above. I guess they used to carry some weight on the second floor.

Above the shop is another full floor, that currently is unheated and partially insulated. It needs the floor to be redone to cover the big holes in it left by the removal of the feed chutes. It will just be storage for now, but one day I would like to get it fully insulated and heated. There is a small third floor that housed equipment at one time. It needs its floors redone also - big holes left in it from the removal of whatever equipment was there in its previous life.

The offer I accepted on my old house has a closing date in January, so i have a full month to move. The apartment is a nice one bedroom, but the kitchen needs finishing. I can live in it now, but the well has been fallow for over a year and needs to be shocked and retested. The septic seems to work ok so far, and I am trying to find the cleanout so I can get the honey truck out here and give it a pump out. The nice part is that the front part of the building is fully insulated, but I currently do not know the R rating.

I have paid the rent on my current 20x40 shared shop until May, so I have plenty of time to move all my tools and equipment, cars, and plumb the pvc air lines in the new shop (kidding!)

The plan right now is to get the heating systems checked and cleaned, upgrade the heat in the living space since I want to add central air, and just move in. Eventually I will get my shop moved in, resheath the floors so nobody can fall through the holes, and generally just fix the place up.
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: My new place! The Mopar Mill!

Wow,

that gonna be quite the place once you get it setup how you want.

good luck and keep posting the pics as you go.
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:38 AM   #3
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Default Re: My new place! The Mopar Mill!

Wow, lots of potential for sure. Where are you located?
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:38 AM   #4
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Default Re: My new place! The Mopar Mill!

What a perfect place! That's exactly the kind of place I would like to live. You now have freedom to open it up/ play with all the space however you would like and get to see your improvements everyday.

Can't wait to see what you do with the place! Any more pictures of it?
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:40 AM   #5
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Default Re: My new place! The Mopar Mill!

I am subscribing to this thread, it will be REALLY cool seeing this come together!!!

I am guessing you are planning a lift based on mentioning the thickness of the floor.... What kind of projects are you working on? Lots of car/truck guys on here!

I think this is a really smart move! Mortgage free! AWESOME!!!
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:15 PM   #6
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This is going to be awesome!! Keep us posted with updates an pics.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:25 PM   #7
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Awesome. Tie a deck into that tie beam above the 3 doors and have an outside shop too !
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:30 PM   #8
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Default Re: My new place! The Mopar Mill!

Where are the shop pictures?
Don't leave us hanging.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:03 PM   #9
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Your photo is generating alot of attention.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:13 PM   #10
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Certainly need more pics. Very cool project you just acquired.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:31 PM   #11
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Default Re: My new place! The Mopar Mill!

Going into the shop are my 69' Dart, 67' Belvedere, 59' Apache, a Jeep J10, and the winter beater Olds.

The shop is located near Uxbridge, Ontario.

It was one hell of a fight to get the place. Bridge financing was a nightmare because the zoning. The zoning is great, commercial/automotive/residential. but unless its only residential, the banks don't want to touch it.

If the sale goes through on the old place (keeping fingers crossed) I will be basically just breaking even - paying everything off, but no extra cash to do big renovations right away. But I think owning my place outright is doing pretty good for a guy in his thirties, especially a place that is only 45 minutes from downtown Toronto if the traffic cooperates.

I will be putting in a hoist or two. I want to get a rotary forward asymetrical 2 post, and a four post alignment rack. Maybe an older Bear or similar. I see a lot of them cheap since they only go to 17" rims. I can easily fit 6 cars in there right now and work on them.

I like the idea of putting a deck at the second floor, but that would be a couple years off. The plan for this year is get the place all sealed up, upgrade the heating and add central air in the living area, and get it on municipal water. Plus getting my shop setup, of course.

It only has a 100 amp service, but I want to upgrade to 200 amps and put 100 into the shop. I don't know if three phase is available, but I bet it is not. This would be something that can wait a bit. Between the air compressor, welders, and hoist, there will be a lot of power required.

I think the drain in the shop is a dry well, so I am not sure what to do with that yet either.

I have pics of the shop but they all came out blurry. Didn't think you guys would be interested.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:45 PM   #12
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Default Re: My new place! The Mopar Mill!

on the honey truck pump out issue... call around to the local pump guys and see if you can find the one that previously serviced it. They will know exactly where teh access is. Come spring time it wont be hard to find the leach field, and guess/investigate from there if you have to!
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Old 12-02-2014, 02:48 PM   #13
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Default Re: My new place! The Mopar Mill!

OK, that is just awesome! Definitely need more pics when you get a chance. Congrats on the new place!
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:36 PM   #14
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Congratulations on the new shop / home. Looks awesome.
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:39 PM   #15
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That's too freaking cool...You Suck!!
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:59 PM   #16
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More pics!
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:01 PM   #17
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Very Cool!

Looks like you will be a busy guy for a while, hope you have time document and let us follow along!

Best of Luck on you endeavor!

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Old 12-02-2014, 05:55 PM   #18
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Very cool! Looking forward to some more pictures and updates along the way!
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:07 AM   #19
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Here are the blurry pics of the shop. For some reason the camera didn't work right in there with no flash.





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Old 12-04-2014, 10:44 AM   #20
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Super cool.. i love repurposed buildings! Wait till Eric sees this.. will definetly subscribe to see the progress.
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