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1st showcase upstairs in the new garage

Posted By: coopersplace

1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 04:24 PM

I have been slowly taking some of the overflow of my collection into my new dream garage that was built over 1 1/2 years in 2016 - 2017. The build took quite awhile to get it right but was well worth the effort. I acquired the latest oak showcase in April. This last week while on holidays I found some time to clean and refinish it. I was planning to put Imperial globes in its lower area but the 16 1/2" steel bodied ones are an inch too tall to fit. I can only fit a shorter one piece globe. The shelf brackets are homemade and not adjustable so the globes will have to go somewhere else. I want to keep all my Imperial collection together so I still have two other full showcases to move in. The collection in the house is just too full and I don't want to repeat that mistake in the garage. So the move is just a gradual one with no deadline nor set plans. It is more of a process to find out what works best in the space that I have. It is a great place to work and play in. Cheers, Don.

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Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 04:27 PM

Photos of the garage before and after.

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Posted By: puregas

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 04:41 PM

Hey Don,
The remodel on the garage and house look really,really good! Your Imperial collection looks great in the showcase also!
Pat
Posted By: DWSheffer

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 04:41 PM

Very nice Don.....very nice. I like the updated house colors as well.
Darin
Posted By: Done4

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 04:46 PM

Turned out great!
Posted By: advertologist

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 04:49 PM

awesome .. ... cool
Posted By: RandyM

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 05:42 PM

Yup, well done! Thanks for posting.
Posted By: AlbertaNorthStar

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 06:27 PM

Very nice! Looks like a great layout.
Posted By: muntzman

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 07:36 PM

Don, as usual the quality of your stuff blows me away. It is near impossible to find any mint black red ball stuff these days. Garage looks great.
Posted By: Gasman84470

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 07:45 PM

Don, as always, excellent work and "stuff". I am hoping we can see the rest, which is equally as good, in its new environment soon. Nice way to spend the holiday, eh!?
Posted By: mrcavalcade

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 10:53 PM

Superb!
Posted By: gdubya

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Aug 23 2018 11:34 PM

WoW that's awesome!
Posted By: Ag1time

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Fri Aug 24 2018 12:01 AM

Hello all. I am new to this site and would first like to reply to Don and just say.... If you remodel your garage and it becomes the focal point of your house then you sir are a visionary God!!!!!!!!!!! It's a thing of beauty! Excuse me I have to wipe a tear from my eye.
Posted By: Craig Osbeck

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Fri Aug 24 2018 02:38 AM

Really nice display and your garage is just great.
Posted By: The Rip

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Fri Aug 24 2018 02:17 PM

WOW what a transformation! Very cool.
Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon Aug 27 2018 04:40 PM

Thanks guys for all the kind comments. The house also received a number of upgrades: new sewer line, electrical box, sidewalks and steps to match the driveway, insulation and matching Hardi board siding. There are still a few items to do such as replacing the front and rear doors on the house and add an alley fence. Right now I am installing baseboards in the garage main floor. I am just a garage guy who has always wanted a decent one to work and play in. I just hope I can pay it off before I hit 70 and then retire debt free. At least that is the plan. Cheers, Don.

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Posted By: HotRidesUSA

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Aug 29 2018 06:08 PM

This looks fantastic!
Posted By: advertologist

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Aug 29 2018 06:15 PM

Originally Posted by coopersplace
I am just a garage guy who has always wanted a decent one to work and play in.


the garage looks bigger than the house- mine is also, the improvements look great .. ... cool
Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Oct 30 2018 03:12 PM

Just an update. The first showcase now has some appropriate feet on it and contains a few more cans and another globe on top. The second cabinet is upstair too and is filled with my earliest Imperial Oil tins. Many of these are from the teens, so around 100 years old. Not all in the best of condition but still remarkable that they have survived this long. Now the hunt is on for a set of four feet for this showcase.

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Posted By: DWSheffer

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Oct 30 2018 03:27 PM

Everything there looks pretty nice to me! Great set-up for sure......
Darin
Posted By: The Rip

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Oct 30 2018 03:57 PM

VERY VERY NICE!
Can you post pictures of the Mobil items?
Posted By: SandPCollector

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Oct 30 2018 09:04 PM

Don, You have a superb display of some quite nice vintage items there. Best of luck with the search for four legs, I'm sure they will turn up!
Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Oct 30 2018 09:15 PM

Thanks for the comments. Steve I will try to take some Mobil photos tonight and maybe post them later or else tomorrow. It all depends how late it is when I get home. Cheers, Don.
Posted By: buzzy56

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Oct 31 2018 02:24 AM

Very nice display ! Well done both and the garage . Neat big boy hideout !
Posted By: Craig Osbeck

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Oct 31 2018 04:27 AM

Man that sure looks great. Time to put the pumps in there and give us a look see.
Posted By: muntzman

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Oct 31 2018 05:19 AM

Great to see the yellow and blue sunburst globes side by side. Beautiful.
Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Oct 31 2018 02:25 PM

Here are the photos of my Mobiloil. Since it was a secondary brand sold by Imperial Oil here in Canada there doesn't seem to be as many variety of tins like Imperial had. At least I haven't found that many here in Alberta. The gargoyles are great but scarce.

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Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Oct 31 2018 02:31 PM

Here are the last two photos. The early gargoyle is one end of a 16 jar oil rack. Thanks Craig, my back is already hurting thinking about moving the pumps upstairs. They may just end up on the main floor. There are only half a dozen with two unrestored. Cheers, Don.

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Posted By: The Rip

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Nov 01 2018 02:23 PM

WOW! So cool.....
I only collect Mobil.
Posted By: redindianguy

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Nov 20 2018 11:49 PM

great job Don , awesome
Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Sun Dec 16 2018 05:13 PM

Well the third showcase is nearing completion with just the mirrored back doors to finish. It is now upstairs and filled with the last of my Imperial 3-star and later Esso items. It has taken quite awhile to rebuild. When I purchased it a few months ago the top bevelled glass was broken, the front 6 foot long glass had two major cracks in it, and when taking the glass out I found the two front wooden corner posts were busted and needed replacing. I later decided to change the front glass design to two shorter more manageable pieces. Creating the three front wooden uprights, which are made up of three pieces each, took some time to get right but I finally got there. I wasn't sure if the Esso and the Imperial globes were of the same vintage until yesterday when I looked in a Imperial dealer Christmas give-away booklet which has a 1938 calendar in it and has an advertisement with both globes. So a neat discovery that they belong together. Cheers, Don.

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Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Sun Dec 16 2018 05:15 PM

A couple of close-up photos.

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Posted By: Johnay

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Sun Dec 16 2018 10:42 PM

Another GREAT display Don.
Posted By: Craig Osbeck

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon Dec 17 2018 01:21 AM

Very nice, love the feet on that display.
Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon Feb 04 2019 07:50 PM

I haven't had a chance to move any more showcases in the garage yet, but it will happen in the near future. The present difficulty was what to do with all the can racks that I brought upstairs. They take up a lot of floor space and can be awkward to display properly. So my solution was reverse logic: whatever goes down must go up. I spent the weekend building a couple of 12 foot long shelves and attaching them to my tall wall. It worked out well for this group though there may be some moved around later on. I know if had just built a lot of narrow shelves and placed the cans side by side I could put up a lot more. However to me the racks give the cans more context in groups especially when you have the original signs to go with them. The only downside is that this is just half of the racks that I want to move in and this is my only big wall. So another problem now to solve. Cheers, Don.

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Posted By: advertologist

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon Feb 04 2019 07:57 PM

xlnt display of oil cans, cool .. ... cool
Posted By: Bass Master

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon Feb 04 2019 08:28 PM

Very nice!! Look forward to your progress.
Brian
Posted By: The Rip

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon Feb 18 2019 11:08 PM

So cool!!!!
Posted By: RedHat

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Feb 19 2019 03:26 AM

Had to get my jaw off the floor before typing! The neatness of the displays is extremely satisfying to look at even down to the smallest details. Well done 👍
Posted By: bennett_646

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Feb 20 2019 03:54 PM

great looking transformation.
Posted By: buzzy56

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Feb 21 2019 02:50 AM

Wow awesome displays . Keep up the good work . Museum Quality !
Posted By: Wes Maxwell

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Thu Feb 21 2019 01:50 PM

Great displays. Its nice to see groupings of same brand/ company items.
Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon Apr 08 2019 03:21 PM

Well with spring finally here I thought it was time to start hanging some wall signs on the main level of the garage. I've always wanted to do one wall in a British theme to reflect my car's heritage. My Brit-wall has some products that the car originally used such as Castrol motor oil and Dunlop tires. The Canadian Dominion Royal tires name also reflects this history. It took two weekends to put it all up and I am quite happy with it. Not all the signs are pristine but I've always bought what I could find and afford at the time. It is feels great to finally see them hung together in context with the Jag. Cheers, Don.

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Posted By: advertologist

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon Apr 08 2019 03:24 PM

its like putting a puzzle together, looks great .. ... cool
Posted By: Johnay

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon Apr 08 2019 03:46 PM

Another Great display Don.
Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Apr 09 2019 01:40 PM

Very nice displays, signs, and garage! What a beautiful organized collection!

Rob
Posted By: speeder3

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Apr 09 2019 02:14 PM

Your garage is a beauty, Don! A couple of questions for you. Are those bare (no signs) can racks on the floor something you made, commercially available, or vintage? Also, I see a couple of Husky cans (fourth rack from the left), but the cans to their left have me wondering - Frontier Oil?

Brian
Posted By: Mike M.

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Apr 09 2019 10:41 PM

Nice job Don, Looks great!!!
Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Apr 10 2019 02:06 AM

Thanks guys for the kind comments. Brian, the metal rod double-sided racks are original vintage ones. All of the rack cans are Canadian imperial quarts so there would be no Frontier. At least I am not aware of any Canadian connection. The Husky quarts haven't made it to the garage yet. I still have to install a couple more shelves so I can move another dozen or so racks out of the basement. Cheers, Don

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Posted By: speeder3

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Wed Apr 10 2019 02:18 AM

Thanks for the reply, Don. I keep hoping to one day find a nice, basic rack for my cans but they are hard to come by around here. I'm in awe of your Husky can collection. The differences in "standing dogs" and fonts is interesting. I've not seen the dog with the bushier tail. Must have been a Husky Oil Ltd. of Canada design.

Brian
Posted By: Some_call_me_Steve

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Sun Apr 21 2019 12:49 PM

Wow! Amazing inside and out.
Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Mon May 27 2019 05:12 PM

Well I had some free time this past week to work on the collection and things went well. Two more shelves were put up to hold additional can racks. Then I decided to bring up most of the other racks out of the basement and see if I could make some sort of interesting floor arrangement. I really like how it is turning out though there will be no more show cases moved up. Where the table and chairs will end up has to be determined yet. I'm now building a couple of shelves for globes. I am glad that I haven't a fixed plan and left some of this to chance as well as input from a few friends who could give different perspectives. Cheers, Don.

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Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Jun 18 2019 04:42 PM

A bit more progress as I pick away at this when I can find the free time. Two shelves installed for a few globes. Unfortunately a couple of the ceiling lights block their views somewhat so I may have to change those. I should fire the guy who designed the electrical layout and installed the ceiling lights but he is the only one who works here for free and that's me, lol. Also put up the White Rose signs and did a bit of rearranging of the can racks so I could have the table and chairs in the middle of the room. It would have been great to have a large sofa and wide-screen tv next to the bar but that isn't going happen here. Not sure how much more I can move in but it is turning into a great room to hang out in. Cheers, Don.

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Posted By: coopersplace

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Jun 18 2019 04:44 PM

2nd set of photos:

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Posted By: SandPCollector

Re: 1st showcase upstairs in the new garage - Tue Jun 18 2019 05:44 PM

Don, To say your collection is impressive is an understatement. The overall appearance of the room is fantastic. Well done!
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