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Calling all classic cars and off-road trucks: Busted Knuckle Garage now open in Ocean Park

By Luke Whittaker

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 6, 2017 8:16AM

Left to right: Larry Wirkkala, Barry Coleman, Jr., and Michael Johnson make up the crew at Busted Knuckle Garage in Ocean Park. “Between us there’s 60 years of experience,” Coleman said.

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Left to right: Larry Wirkkala, Barry Coleman, Jr., and Michael Johnson make up the crew at Busted Knuckle Garage in Ocean Park. “Between us there’s 60 years of experience,” Coleman said.

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Michael Johnson, 37, is the lead mechanic at Busted Knuckle Garage. Johnson said changing the coolant is one of the most overlooked issues regarding car care.

Michael Johnson, 37, is the lead mechanic at Busted Knuckle Garage. Johnson said changing the coolant is one of the most overlooked issues regarding car care.

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Busted Knuckle Garage is located at 1702 Bay Avenue in Ocean Park.

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Busted Knuckle Garage is located at 1702 Bay Avenue in Ocean Park.

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A new spark plug is compared to one that’s worn out. Simple fixes such replacing spark plugs can improve the life and performance of vehicles.

A new spark plug is compared to one that’s worn out. Simple fixes such replacing spark plugs can improve the life and performance of vehicles.

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Owner Barry Coleman Jr., considers suspension work his specialty, particularly those seeking “lift kits.”

Owner Barry Coleman Jr., considers suspension work his specialty, particularly those seeking “lift kits.”

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OCEAN PARK — If Barry Coleman Jr. has his way, classic cars will continue to cruise along the Peninsula for years to come.

“I just like seeing those old cars on the road,” Coleman said. “We would love to see a lot more.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, Coleman officially opened his own shop in Ocean Park, Busted Knuckle Garage. Located at 1702 Bay Avenue, the former location for Chrome Dome Automotive Repair, Coleman saw perfect spot — and opportunity — to plant his new business.


New car mechanic in Ocean Park


Coleman’s career as a mechanic started as a hobby wrenching on hot rods. Over the years, he gained hands-on experience as a mechanic for Del’s OK Tire Factory, Midas, Meikeke and Econo Lube.

“I’ve been wanting to do this since I was a kid,” Coleman said standing at the counter of his new business on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Now four weeks in, Coleman said business has been brisk.

“We’ve been going nonstop since we opened,” he said. “We’ve been packed almost every day.”

Many of the customers have carried over from Chrome Dome. An oil change, which cost $45, has been the most common service, but the shop also services “tires, wheels, brakes, suspension, mufflers, shocks, struts, minor trailer and engine repair,” according to Coleman. Classic cars and off-road trucks are some of his favorite undertakings. Coleman considers suspension work his specialty, particularly those seeking “lift kits.”

“We do all the lift stuff here — especially for beach trucks,” he said. Simply keeping up with demand has been the biggest hurdle, particularly relying on limited locations for parts.

“That’s the hardest part, having one parts stop and having to wait a whole other day to get it,” Coleman said.


Common maintenance mistakes


Most customers remember to have their oil changed at regular intervals, but coolant systems are often overlooked.

“It’s the most overlooked item everywhere,” said lead mechanic Michael Johnson. “Nobody changes their coolant.” Johnson said the coolant should look “clean and green” not the “rust color” he so often discovers after popping the cap.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/automobilerepairshop/





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