The Toyota and Chevrolet dealerships across the street shut their doors for good last year. A corporate auto-parts chain just opened up a store two blocks away. The parts suppliers are folding their tents and padlocking the warehouses. The latest generation of hot-rod kids buys its speed parts online. Repeated crowbar shots continue to thud into the kidneys of the California economy. How can it be possible that this old-time downtown parts store- this anachronism- has survived this far into the 21st century?
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2009/06/16/Part-Museum-Part-Gearhead-Social-Club