I also work in CNC manufacturing (orthopedic implants). Outside of FSAE, I don't really have much racing experience, but love fixing/building cars, except for when I hate it.
If we found 1-2 other interested people, would you be open to renting garage space somewhere accessible from Ithaca (where I live), Elmira (where I work) or Binghamton? Someplace like this https://elmira.craigslist.org/off/6140948147.html? $650/mo divided by three or four people is a small price to pay for a place that has a lift.