Rebuild a vintage Fallout Shelter

$390 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 36 months
Hi, Im John and I need some help restoring a vintage Fallout Shelter that I have uncovered in my back yard.  

I was told about the possibilty of the shelter from the friends that I bought the house from.  They had no idea exactly what was there or where it was.  The City had a permit on file that showed a 12' diameter "Blast Shelter" with a rather vague map.

After I dug a couple test holes, I hired a local metal detectorist to come and scan my yard.  He found a couple of interesting spots so I started digging!

Spot 2 was the ticket!  I hit a huge metal disk.
The interior is in great shape... It was dry and solid!

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I am now trying to rebuild the upper entryway so I can secure the space before working on the inside.  The upper entry needs a large concrete pour to secure the entry and the metal circular staircase needs to be replaced.

So far it looks like the rough budget for the concrete and the circular stair is around @2000.  

So, the most asked question... What are you going to do with this space?

My plans are to clean up the interior, repaint it and turn it into a really cool man cave, HAM shack and Civil Defense Museum.  Once I started this project I researched a bunch about the Cold War period and how the civilian fears prompted many people to build these shelters.  I think it would be a cool memorial to that period in our history.  I already have been aquiring several period artifacts to put on display down there.  Items such as Geiger counters, water supply barrels, sanitation kits and vintage HAM radios.  

Thank you so much for reading this and I really thank you in advance for the help.
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Stairs are finished! Now it's easy and safe to climb in and out.
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I've been spending almost all of my off time working on the steps. I think they are turning out quite well. 4 finished and installed, 2 waiting for paint to dry, 3 ready for rivet assembly, 4 ready to drill and the final top step still in my imagination. The top step is planned to be 2-2.5 times wider than the others and secured to the concrete wall to solidify the top of the staircase.
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There is finally progress on getting the stairs built. I have scrapped the idea of buying a stair since quotes were around $1500-4000. So, I borrowed a friends welder and started messing experimenting... The first two step designs failed miserably. Luckily they both failed because of the light weight materials I used... My welds held up fine. I then went full force and got some sturdy angle iron and some fairly appropriate tools. This design held up great even before I put in the braces so those are overkill. I tried to find some rattle can paint that best matched an old 50's - 60's Sea Foam green... settled on rustolium Ocean Breeze... Ill post more when I get a few more steps built. The plan is for the step to be topped with a piece of sheet metal that will be riveted in place. I was thinking about using expanded metal or wood as well...
Stair Mod 3
Stair in place for testing
Painted stair
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Sorry to say that there has been very little movement on the Fallout Shelter lately. The staircase is a bit more expensive than originally budgeted. Also, a bit of everything got in the way as well. I have a few new artifacts that have fallen into my lap for the space. I have chatted with my Concrete buddies and as soon as I can get the stairs installed they will help out with re-skimming the ceiling in the shelter.

V-755 High School Radiation Detector Kit
http://imgur.com/a/BBRle

Shelter First Aid Kit A
http://imgur.com/a/2NYxU

CD Noncombatant Gas Mask
http://imgur.com/a/EEJSF

And a Gonset Communicator III 2meter HAM radio
http://imgur.com/a/aRy66
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Amy
6 months ago
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Hi John, I read about this online and watched all you went through just to get it open! SO fascinating! I hope you’re doing really great at keeping your dream moving forward and that it has become not only a great tribute to that era in American history but also a fabulous man cave as well! might I suggest starting another go fund me with the pictures/videos from the beginning up through where you are with it today. I bet you could get a lot more people interested in helping you now that it’s popping up on Facebook adds a lot! let us all know how much more money you need and let’s all get hustling for you and help you complete it!! if you’d like to friend me on FB, my name is Amy Laurel Nelson. my husband and I would love to be able to continue seeing your progress as your dream keeps unfolding! of course if you’re still moving forward with it and you get a fresh go fund me page going I’m sure we would love to make a donation and help get that ball rolling again! it’s an incredible find and a worthy labor of love! Amy Laurel Nelson (Canuel)

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Robert
4 months ago
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Hi John Is there a number or email I can contact you on? I'm reporter for Australian TV in Tucson doing Titan Missile story Thursday Dec 20.

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Angel Rochester
20 months ago
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Hello john..is there any contact information for you

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John
5 months ago

Great story and dam lucky find for sure. If I had one I would set it up for "the end" although I am not a prepper it would be cool. I would setup communications gear ie ham radios also. Have fun man.

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Sooyoun Chung
5 months ago

This is very fascinating

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Anonymous
5 months ago
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brian McManus
29 months ago

Good luck John, please send some photos via facebook.

RS
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Rawn S
35 months ago
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I have been in it before the renovation. So much potential and fun

SK
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Susanne Kaplan
35 months ago
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Go John!

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Anonymous
36 months ago
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36 months ago
Amy
6 months ago
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Hi John, I read about this online and watched all you went through just to get it open! SO fascinating! I hope you’re doing really great at keeping your dream moving forward and that it has become not only a great tribute to that era in American history but also a fabulous man cave as well! might I suggest starting another go fund me with the pictures/videos from the beginning up through where you are with it today. I bet you could get a lot more people interested in helping you now that it’s popping up on Facebook adds a lot! let us all know how much more money you need and let’s all get hustling for you and help you complete it!! if you’d like to friend me on FB, my name is Amy Laurel Nelson. my husband and I would love to be able to continue seeing your progress as your dream keeps unfolding! of course if you’re still moving forward with it and you get a fresh go fund me page going I’m sure we would love to make a donation and help get that ball rolling again! it’s an incredible find and a worthy labor of love! Amy Laurel Nelson (Canuel)

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Robert
4 months ago
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Hi John Is there a number or email I can contact you on? I'm reporter for Australian TV in Tucson doing Titan Missile story Thursday Dec 20.

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Angel Rochester
20 months ago
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Hello john..is there any contact information for you

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John
5 months ago

Great story and dam lucky find for sure. If I had one I would set it up for "the end" although I am not a prepper it would be cool. I would setup communications gear ie ham radios also. Have fun man.

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