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 Post subject: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:21 pm 

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Sometimes my job is mundane. Sometimes it's totally awesome. I work for a company called PGI Auto, based in Mill Creek WA. We do data collection and photography for auto dealer websites. We also build websites, do advertising on craigslist, kijiji, ebay, etc, inventory, and reputation management, among other things. I work specifically in the field, doing photography and data collection for many dealers along highway 99's infamous "Auto row". Usually my days are filled with the typical beige cars offered by the industries corporate giants, and the surplus used cars peddled by the little guys who thought starting a little used car lot in the middle of a depression was a good idea. But sometimes I find some really cool gems, that, for the last three years I have been photographing and keeping selfishly to myself, thinking someday I would start a little thread and share. :lol: I think it's finally time to get off my duff and do exactly that! Some of these pictures might be really good, some might completely suck :roll: All depends on what camera I had in my hands at the time, and the sometimes cramped shooting conditions.

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Can't remember what year this little van is. But it's got a cool backstory.

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This 360 van resides at Carter Subaru in Shoreline. Wade Carter, the owner, started out in the 60's selling Volkswagens, then Subarus. He was an avid collector of exotics, and apparently quite the race car driver. But he also had a special place in his heart for the cars that made him his millions, so when he found this little guy in the 90's, he had to have it as a showpiece.

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Apparently, it doesn't run. So it got stuffed in a corner of the detail shop for awhile.

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But after much advocating by myself over the last year or so, it was cleaned up, and brought back out. It sits in the showroom, sharing floor space with a new Forester, and a camping tent that is almost bigger than the 360!

Subaru's old logo.

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That's it for now. I will put up more. I am always finding stuff hidden in the dark corners of the car business.


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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:23 am 
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COOL! :tu:

I remember seeing one of these driving down the street (Huntington Beach CA) back in the mid to late 70's. The guy driving it was almost as big as the van - he took up the entire front bench seat. :lol:

Thanks for sharing.... what else you got?

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:44 pm 

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I'm having issues with resizing the pics for this one. I shot this at the Mazda dealer in Edmonds last year. Since it's still there, I'm assuming they're not in a hury to sell it!

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:36 pm 
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Wow, surprised they still have that roadster. Its was posted on Craigslist a couple of time last year. I think the asking price was 12K? dont remember. Really sharp looking car though...

As for the 360, its always nice to see a dealership pay homage and use an older model to advertise alongside the new. there is a VW dealership in Vancouver, Wa that has had classic bugs and buses in its show room, for sale of course.


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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:08 am 

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For Toy-Yoda,

This car resides at Campbell Nelson Volkswagen in Shoreline. It is NOT for sale!

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The plaque that they have displayed, says it is a 47?, that was used by the US Army in occupied Germany after the war. Then it made it's way to the states, where the owner bought, and after many years, had it completely restored using old factory stock, including the engine! It is basically a brand new car. Supposedly, after the restoration, it was only driven to the dealership.

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I'm not big into German cars, but I love the simpleness, of the old Bugs. The Germans really had something going here!

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Next door to the VW dealership, Campbell Nelson has a Nissan dealership as well. They had a 69 Datsun 1300? pickup for sale for a long time. Sadly, I lost those pics, when my other computer crashed, and then they sold it :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:12 am 

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Not nostalgic, or Japanese. But very cool.

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The owner of this Explorer did the paint himself with an airbrush. Sometimes we take people for granted, thinking all they ever do is wash cars. Then they show up with something like this!


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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:21 am 
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that bug is outstanding.


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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:35 am 
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e-at_me wrote:
that bug is outstanding.


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I never really cared for them until I drove one. I want to own one someday.

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:59 am 

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I always thought they were cool, so I had to have one someday. I've had 2 now and can honestly say I'm over them. but I still like the way the look, they're just built all weird. maybe eventually I'd use the body on an updated/more modern/more normal suspenssion/drivetrain setup, but I'm pretty sure I'm over them.

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:54 pm 
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I always thought they were cool, so I had to have one someday. I've had 2 now and can honestly say I'm over them. but I still like the way the look, they're just built all weird. maybe eventually I'd use the body on an updated/more modern/more normal suspenssion/drivetrain setup, but I'm pretty sure I'm over them.


I'm the opposite...they're cute, but I'm over the bodywork, but I love the archaic suspension & drivetrain setup. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:52 pm 

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I've seen a couple bugs hot rodded with bigger motors, and newer suspensions. I've seen a convertible with the fenders missing, and the windshield chopped :tu: Looked pretty cool, lowered on skinny whitewalls up front, and fatty's in the rear.


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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:48 pm 

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These pics suck! But as I mentioned earlier, I'm having resizing issues with the good ones. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:53 pm 

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This 74 Mazda REPU sits at Dougs Mazda also. It belongs to the owners son. I was supposed to be able to do a really nice photo shoot with it, after he got it cleaned up and running well. That was two years ago!

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:58 pm 
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Due to some of the content, we're gonna go ahead and move this to off-topic. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:55 pm 

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I wondered if some of the content would be unsuitable for children! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:38 pm 

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Most of the nostalgic cars I see at work, either belong to employees, or are show peices, that sit inside and never go anywhere. Dealers typically tend to shun anything over fifteen years old, unless they are some kind of credit specialists, or a ma and pa stand with little inventory. Old cars tend to sit on lots forever, and don't bring in much money. Dealers like money. So the majority of used cars, are less than five years old and are marked up a couple thousand dollars, with some factory certified warranty. But once in awhile........

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This 79 Civic 1200 is for sale at a smaller lot. It's in pretty nice shape, but needs a little work on the interior. Couldn't get the hood open for an engine shot, the latch seems to be missing. Or I'm just an idiot!

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:27 pm 

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you are aware that the hood tilts forward, correct?

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:55 pm 

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Yes, but I literally could not find a latch! It's been many, many, years, since I've had my hands on one of these, so I could have just missed it.


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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:58 pm 

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This rarity belongs to a Subaru employee. It needs quite a bit of work, but it's a daily driver.

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 Post subject: Re: Stuff I find at work
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:33 pm 

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btw, that old civic is beautiful!

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