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Glenwood-Caribel, ID: A Hobby and a Career

Written by Nancy Gillins, Clearwater Progress
Max Childs at his shop with some of his cars. Max Childs at his shop with some of his cars. Nancy Gillins


The man loves cars.

Max Childs has been fascinated with cars since he was a child watching them drive by his window, and says he was a "car kid" who grew up into a "car guy."


He started working cleaning up cars at dealerships as a teen in Southern California, and after high school graduation---and a stint in the U.S. Navy as a radio man on a submarine during the Vietnam War---went right back to it.


Life in the big city wasn't for Max, so he moved to Northern California, where he could enjoy backpacking and other outdoor activities, and then went to work for a collision repair shop doing auto painting.


After moving to Lewiston, ID, in 1991, he did the painting for repair shops, opened his own business painting jet boats and found fulfillment working with troubled youth in the Lewiston Detention Center and in group homes. Max realized he couldn't advance in that type of career without the appropriate degrees, but could still do what he loved most---work with cars.


In 1996, Max moved to the Shenandoah area, off Glenwood Road, to what he calls "God's country," and built his shop, where he lived while constructing his beautiful log home, by himself.


Max's shop is the center of his collision repair and auto restoration business, and he especially enjoys working on classics and restomods. A restomod car is restored with the addition of modern parts that were not on the vehicle when it came from the factory. Max owns a total of eight restomods and classics. 

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