Upcycling Old Car Parts

If you’re looking to decorate the garage or man cave and have some old car parts lying around, here’s some inspiration…

Reclaimed Car Seat Chair

Car Seat Chair

This drool-worthy reclaimed Jaguar XJ40 Sport seat in Doe skin with solid black walnut poles was created by Dave Clark Designs. Called the Morsetto, this chair sells for around $600, but can be customized with other car seats or the frame alone can be purchased. A couch is also available. Nice!

Distributor Lamp

Distributor Lamp

We’ve seen all kinds of lamps made from all kinds of car parts, but this distributor lamp is especially cool. Available for about $310 from Car Guy Garage.

License Plate Clock

License Plate Clock

While this particular model doesn’t look like it’s available any longer, this cool license plate clock from Joss and Main is probably something you could make if you’ve got the tags. Clock motors are readily available for under $10.

Jeep Desk

Jeep Desk

If you know the GarageSpot crew, you probably know this is our favorite. This Jeep desk from Vintage Addiction runs about $2500. Or, you could find your own Jeep hood/grill combo on eBay and make your own. Very cool!

Wheel Hose Reel

Wheel Hose Real

There are lots of variations of the rim/wheel hose reel out there, but this one from Homestead Heroine walks us through how to make it free-standing. Another option could be to make it spin with a handle to actually reel the hose in.

Engine Block Table

Engine Block Table

There are a few variations of engine block tables with some selling for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But in just a few steps, you can just make your own!


Wheel Grill

This wheel grill made from three wheels is sweet, but we read a warning not to make one of these using magnesium wheels, as it will ignite… yikes. Via Off the Grid Stories.

Badass Piston Man

Piston Man

I mean… c’mon. This is just cool. We couldn’t verify the original creator, but we found this via Hot Rodz and Pinups.

* Cover of VW Bug hammock. Unknown creator.

Forty-something years later, Chad still doesn't' know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Chad has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, led a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a marketing & PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, writing, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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