Tell Us About Your Garage

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If you own a garage, you know it’s not always smooth sailing, especially with today’s economy. We used to rent the back half of Phipps Auto, which has been in Dewaine Phipps’ family since the 70s. Phipps, too, knows the ups and downs of running a garage, but he pours his heart and soul into it. Do you have a similar story? Share pictures and stories of your garage/shop on our Facebook page so we can all take a moment to appreciate the hard work that goes into fixing and restoring classics. We might highlight a few of your stories on our blog!

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36 COMMENTS

  1. First off , love the show ! You are an inspiration to all those out there trying to make it . I have a small detail business called The Detail Dr. located inside a collision shop in Indianapolis, IN. I love what I do and have been detailing cars for over 15 years now . I do this and three other jobs . I know crazy right?! I love what I do , but it is only part-time. The economy and the constant bad weather does not help. I would give anything to make it full time . Any help would be greatly appreciated . Thank you so much.

  2. I owned my own shop Jays auto service back in the eightys and ninetys.I went into business in 1980 the hottest summer on record. I have so many wierd and wild stories, about customers , cars, exwives, my kids, crazy friends. Back then the little town of Alvarado population 2000 had over 15 garages. The competition was fierce, but somehow I eeked out a living for 20 years. We lived in the garage, just to make ends meet. I mostly worked alone, with no lift in my shop. My first wife moved to austin with my two kids, so I drove 800 miles every other weekend to go down and pick em up for the weekend. Times were tough but we made it. My second wife Marci helped out alot, and put up with alot too. I never got rich like you guys, but I have been doing what ya’ll are doing now since I was 15 years old, I’m 60 now. I still buy and sell. I have a 1968 camaro 327 4 speed numbers matching one owner survivor for sale. Email me if interested. I like ya’lls show, but it’s a lot of bullshit too. I always hated the term grease monkey, I wish ya’ll would have used another name. Keep makin that money ya’ll. Your comrade,,, Jay Hester.

  3. Not so much a shop, but I started a upholstry service 3 years ago. Needless to say I’m a big fan of Sue.
    Started in a spare bedroom and have now expanded into my basement! Keeps the cost down.
    I mostly work on old mini coopers and their variants. Having 4 in the garage myself might have something to do with that!

    Steven

  4. Cars – one of the biggest and best hobbies in the world . can relate to everything you do on a way way way smaller scale apart from flipping burgers and squeezing citrus in my eyes.

  5. My garage is not like the Gas Monkey Garage, but I have three Triumph’s that I restore.
    First one is a 1980 Triumph TR8 convertible, the second one is a 1979 Triumph TR8 coupe
    Which is all original. The third car is a 1977 Triumph TR8 Pre-Production coupe. The last
    one is a test vehicle that was owned by John Buffum, and I have all the documents that
    proves this car is legitimate. I’m not flipping cars like Gas Monkey, but simply restore them
    and have fun with them.

  6. We have a wrecking yard with a garage that we started in 1966. AAA Broadway Auto Parts I’ve owned 17 Corvettes myself, but we specialize in Ford and Nissan’s. Business is good here in Phoenix where cars don’t rust out and it never rains, but it does get hot! We love the show, it’s really one of the only good things to watch anymore.

  7. I don’t have a shop but am building tools to put in one while I restore a 1963 International Scout 80. But at school we have a metal shop, I am probably the crazyest person in the shop. Or so my teacher says, as we make a new back end for the scout. It would be awesome if you could see the scout and shed “workshop” and garage it is not much but it works. Your show has opened an idea of what to work on once I have a garage and how to negotiate prices.

  8. hello Richard I love youre show never miss an episode I don’t own a garage don’t even own a car I look after my disabled mam and sister I love your gas monkey t shirts I carnt afford one but if youy could find it in your hart to send me one id were it every day with pride yours craig Beasley england

  9. Hi, i am a huge fan of the show! I work at a BMW independent specialist in Wolverhampton, England, we have been established now for 20 years & i have worked there 17 years (office work i have to add). We specialise in the service & repair of all BMW’s & Mini’s & as anyone who works in the motor trade can agree, no two days are alike & there’s never a dull moment. Watching the GMG crew in action makes me smile as it reminds me how much fun this business can be (even on the bad days!) Keep up the great work & ‘Let er rip tater chip!’

  10. Best show on tv love it, you get down in the bowls of the vhicles & show how it’s done good lagph with the lads as well,I share your frustration you have,to get the job done,nothing is easy in the motor trade every one has diffarant gremlins wedged inside them.nice to see them completed as well.love to see you build on of these BaD arse cars, or at least have a day out testing one for the show that would be good to see. thanks for your plesure.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxpN0NDXtaU

  11. Love the show!! Gotta a dyi garage behind the house. Got some dreams on what I want to build but without the green stuff they will probably stay a dream. So, I just stick to fixing everyone else’s junk. but just as long as I am working on something with a motor, I’m happy.

  12. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FACINATED WITH CARS AND ANYTING TO DO WITH CARS. YOUR SHOW JUST KEEPS ME WANTING TO GO INTO MY GARAGE AND DO SOMETHING TO ONE OF THE 3 THAT I AM WORKING ON AT THE SAME TIME. MY WIFE JOKES THAT SHE IS GONNA HAVE SHIRTS MADE CALLING IT GREASE MONKEY GARAGE. ONE OF MY PROJECTS IS KINDA OF AN INTERESTING STORY. IT’S A 68 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE USED IN THE MEN IN BLACK 3 MOVIE. TOOK A 32 HOUR ROAD TRIP TO BROOKLYN, N.Y. TO PICK IT UP. ITS BEEN PUT ON THE BACK BURNER AT THE MOMENT FOR A 87 IROC THAT IM DIEING TO GET FINISHED. LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS A 69 GTO THAT I QUITE HAVEN’T FIGURED OUT WHAT I’M DOING WITH IT JUST YET.

  13. Thanks for making a great show I have always had passion for cars like you my Dad raised 4 kids by him self. My older brother & I were my Dad mechanics he would blow a motor in his crew car and drag it home and have a motor dropped off and say have it ready by 02:00. I am currently working on a 39 Ford pickup Flat head 85 V8. when done ma be I could bring it by and let you check it out.

  14. His workshop is the best! I am a follower of your program I see THROUGH PANAMA the cable! someday I will have money to buy a car workshop monky gas are the best!

  15. I have been following you guys for so long, I love the show and the vehicles you guys turn out. I have held a spanner ever since I was a little boy. I’m 25 and have just gone solo. Most of my work is done from the back of my van but I do also use my own double garage as my workshop. I am currently trying to restore my brothers 1956 Chrysler Windsor, and your show is a lot of help. Keep monkeying on!!!!

  16. I don’t have a shop. I do estimates for insurance companies so I have some insane stories about the crazy things people do. I love the show, me and the kids get a kick out the personalities. I especially love the way you guys put clear over the old rust to keep the old look. I never see a frame machine in your shop though, so I assume you stay away from the hard repairs?

    thanks

  17. Saving up to go to the Hot Rod Institute in SD. The goal is to have my own shop/working on classics. First car was a ’72 impala (boat). Second was a ’66 bel air 454ci.(beast). and the last one was a ’69 firebird 400. . next project may be a ’40 lasalle coupe. but i got v10 vision on 4 banger bucks haha. love the show watch it all the time.

  18. I don’t have a car restoration shop but I do own a vintage travel trailer shop. We restore and customize pre 1970 travel trailers like old airstream trailers and such. I started in a carport next to my house now I have a shop with 4 employees. I feel your pain with deadlines and budgets they rarely ever are right. I collect a few old cars and trucks as well and love your show. If you ever want to have a antique trailer to go behind one of your cars give me a email.
    Brian
    Brian’s VintageTrailers

  19. Just a little two car garage downstairs in my house here in suburban GA where I built a track ready 06 Yamaha R1 and tracked it for a few years. Recently offloaded the R1 to start on a 72 Triumph Tr6 and got an sv650 to continue my track shinannighans. I’ve got a pretty decent assortment of tools for cars and bikes, and I add as I go. Currently on the 6 I’ve finished replacing the driver side floor pan and rocker. About to start working on stripping and priming the thing.

  20. Came to see you guys yesterday. Was great to check the place out. Would have loved to been able to check out the shop. I’m retired from the auto biz due to an injury. Worked for Ford for 20+ years and left as a Senior Master Tech specializing in engine performance. Love the show , keep it coming!!!

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