Jim Joslyn / Debary, FL
There's not a car crafter alive who doesn't appreciate a great garage. So when Jim Joslyn sent us photos of his three-car shop attached to his house, it seemed a natural. The shop looks like it's brand new, but Jim and his 24-year-old son, Justin, actually started on it in 2005 and finished it the following year with plenty of help from friends Andy Karas, Al Farron, Tony Adesso, Rod Herman, his brother, Rick, and wife Lawanda's brother, who together performed much of the excavating, framing, electrical, shop air in the walls, roofing, painting, and landscaping.
If it sounds a little like an old-fashioned Amish barn raising, that's what friends do. Jim designed the shop with a cathedral ceiling on one side to clear the lift with a storage area over the adjoining section. Plus, Jim says he can attach a curtain from the flat portion of the wall just on the other side of the hoist to use that area as a paint booth. Currently, Jim and his uncle, Ron, are currently working on a '69 Camaro with an LS1 and a T56 six-speed trans.
A. The little black Ford pickup is the antithesis of the two rather ostentatious F-Bodies. Jim says it's a '51 F-1 that was a frame-off restoration in 1992 that still has the original flathead V-8 and column shifter. In other photos Jim sent, we saw water ski gear in the bed, so the truck is more than just a pretty face.
B. Jim likes to go fast, too. Not wanting to get stale with another Camaro, he decided to build a '68 Firebird with a 13:1-compression, iron 427 big-block Chevy that sports a Dominator carburetor and lots of camshaft. The engine compartment bulges with what appears to be a three-stage nitrous system. Jim says its best pass is 9.54 at 144 mph.
C. This side of the shop is where Jim does all his painting. The main clues are the big exhaust fan, the paint guns, and the virtually hidden compressed air lines and filters. The paint overspray tracks are conspicuously absent. Did we mention that Jim has painted all the cars you see here, plus he and his son are currently painting a '00 Camaro?
D. At the fabrication table, Jim has assembled a Lincoln 205 Invertec TIG welder along with a Miller 185 MIG welder with a spool gun for doing quick aluminum welding jobs. We've seen kitchens that don't look this clean.
E. The BendPak lift is a great option that would have been considered extravagant 10 years ago. This kind of equipment makes performing a trans swap almost a pleasure-almost.
F. The bright-yellow '67 Camaro sports a 350ci small-block with GMPP Fast Burn aluminum heads and a TH-400 trans and has recently taken up residence with Jim's uncle. Jim built the Camaro between 2003 and 2004, which included a complete serpentine beltdrive system and aftermarket air conditioning system so cruising can be comfortable.