Local man cave gets national attention

2014-06-02T00:00:00Z Local man cave gets national attentionDeborah Laverty Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 02, 2014 12:00 am  • 

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Jamie Wineland calls his eclectic collection of bygone days his way of maintaining history.

"My wife, Linda, just calls it junk," Wineland jokes.

Somehow, Wineland makes the items he collects and restores, including four cars and a jeep, all work in harmony under one roof.

"This 'is' the man cave," wife Linda Wineland said of the garage annex her husband built.

Three years ago, Jamie Wineland needed a place to store his vehicle collection, so he built a 32-by-36 foot, three-door annex onto his existing two car garage.

The garage addition, termed the "awesome annex," was featured in a recent Man Caves magazine.

"I saw that they were looking for readers with dream garages, so I sent them some photos and they contacted me right away," Wineland said.

Wineland, a retired union carpenter, said the restored or, in once case, nearly restored vehicles were scattered in different locations.

"I needed a place to park my cars," Wineland said.

The vehicles include a 1971 Triumph Spitfire, a 2001 Jeep Wrangler, a 1974 Triumph TR 6, a 2007 Pontiac Solstice and a 1985 Ferrari purchased from a movie producer.

Although the Jeep is a favorite of his three boys, Michael, 24, and twins Nicholas and Matthew, 22, the bright red convertible Solstice is his wife's ride of choice.

"It got me out of the doghouse," Wineland said.

Besides the five vehicles, Wineland's annex features a mini faux gas station with a lunch counter he created.

Collectibles or items Wineland restored or made line every nook and cranny, including the ceiling from which kit airplanes, purchased at a hobby store closeout, hang.

Many of the signs, including one promoting the Dog 'n Suds restaurant, were created by Wineland.

"I saw it and painted it," Wineland said.

Other collectibles include memorabilia paying homage to Marilyn Monroe, miniature trucks from the 1950s, and a 1926 Frigidaire which he restored and made useable after finding it left behind in a barn.

Wineland, a self-described Sanford and Son-type collector, said he sometimes visits junkyards looking for new treasures. One item he would like to find and add to his man cave has eluded him.

"I'm still looking for an old bowling machine," Wineland said.

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