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Wednesday, 25 August 2021 16:15

Colorado Springs Auto Repair Shop Shuts After 64 Years

Written by Jessica Snouwaert, The Gazette
Elwood Buster II, who goes by Rusty, poses for a portrait at his shop, Speedometer and Alternator Service Co., in Colorado Springs on Aug. 11. Rusty took over the speedometer, alternator and generator repair business from his father, Elwood Buster. He is closing the doors after 64 years in business and plans to continue fixing only speedometers at his home. Elwood Buster II, who goes by Rusty, poses for a portrait at his shop, Speedometer and Alternator Service Co., in Colorado Springs on Aug. 11. Rusty took over the speedometer, alternator and generator repair business from his father, Elwood Buster. He is closing the doors after 64 years in business and plans to continue fixing only speedometers at his home. Chancey Bush/The Gazette

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Elwood Buster II's workspace for over 40 years at Speedometer and Alternator Service Co. could be a goldmine or a heap of junk. It depends on your point of view.

Jumbled car manuals are heaped on shelves. Countertops are strewn with screwdrivers and wrenches and weighted down by alternators and speedometers, and pieces of automotive electrical gear are propped in every nook and cranny.

 

"It's like walking back in time," Buster said, looking around the room.

 

Buster, who goes by the nickname Rusty, took over the auto repair business from his father, Elwood Buster, who bought the business in 1957 and then purchased the building that housed the business, at 449 E. Kiowa St. on downtown Colorado Springs' east edge, in 1961.

 

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