I finally caved. Opposresidentlexusguy has convinced me to actually start posting here. For the last 4 months I’ve been working in the restoration shop at Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, TN as the resident new guy. I sweep floors, paint parts, and clean toilets mostly, but I occasionally get to work on the cars, and even drive them home from time to time.

American size garage, Japanese size car.

Lane Motor Museum was founded in 2003 when Jeff Lane purchased the former sunbeam bakery building in Nashville to consolidate his then roughly 80 car collection into one place and display it for the public to see. Since then we’ve grown to be the caretakers of over 530 cars, more than 70 motorcycles, and 25 or so planes. We mainly focus on French, Czech, and Japanese vehicles, but if a country has every made an attempt at making cars, chances are we have an example.


Enough about the museum, though, I work in the restoration shop as the new guy. I clean floors, wash parts, and generally do what I can to help the lead restorers keep the fleet running. Because depending on what you consider “running and driving” between 90 and 95 percent of our collection runs and drives and has a license plate of some sort as long as it has lights and turn signals, and some semblance of “road legality” Sadly, the Indy car doesn’t have a plate. But as far as I know it does run. In the restoration shop we do everything from simple service, like brake jobs and tire replacements in preparation for vehicles to go to events, to full, multi year, frame up restorations and rebuilds of vehicles where parts are completely non-existent, and we have to make or restore every part ourselves.

This is chuck, a 1936 Voisin c28, who currently sits as a bare aluminum body and frame, as we slowly piece together and replace all the pieces that go in him.
Our Citroen ID19 in its disassembled state, awaiting parts for a front brake rebuild. They’re inboard, against the transmission, hidden below most of the cooling system, in typical French fashion.

With that overly long primer and introduction to my job and the museum, ask me anything. I’ll try to answer as much as I can during my lunch break and throughout the afternoon.

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