At Jacobs' Garage, old cars and oil keep
FALLS VILLAGE â€” The new bays at Jacobsâ€™ Garage should be up and running in a couple of weeks, Denny Jacobs said on Monday, Jan. 17.
That afternoon, a worker was putting in insulation. Jacobs said the new area will be heated with a waste oil burning furnace, same as the older part.
Itâ€™s a sensible arrangement, both economically and environmentally, Jacobs said. A 55 gallon drum of waste oil (including transmission fluid, axle grease, etc.) lasts about a week and a half, so a monthâ€™s worth of fuel is about 165 gallons.
At any given time Jacobs has about 30 drums stored â€” â€œmore than enough for the winter.â€
This way he doesnâ€™t have to pay a fee to dispose of it.
The furnace itself burns very clean. â€œYou never see any smoke coming out of it.â€
Business continues to be good at the garage â€” especially from people trying to keep their older vehicles on the road.
â€œWe used to say never spend more on the car than itâ€™s worth,â€ said Jacobs. â€œThat philosophy has gone out the window the last couple of years.â€
People want to keep their cars for two reasons, he said. One because itâ€™s paid for, and secondly, â€œThey know what theyâ€™ve got.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got â€™89 Hondas, weâ€™re putting $3,000 to $4,000 into them. A couple years ago that would have been absurd.â€