Classic Car Corner - Fenders and Fins

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Woodinville

Fenders and Fins?? What does that mean? Well, your intrepid reporter dropped his busy real estate business for a few minutes and ventured forth recently to find out. It happens to be an amazing body shop (as in auto body not human body) right here in the industrial Real Estate Capital of the Greater Seattle area. Except for investigative explorations of the cars of Cuba, Hawaii and soon Scotland I prefer to write about people and events in and around Woodinville.

I stopped in recently to see Jon Carson, the owner, about detailing the engine compartment on my 62 Corvette.  In the lobby I ran into the man who now owns Mr. Belvedere, my former 1954 Plymouth Belvedere.  He loves that car as much as I did, but we never really own cars, we are just their caretakers for a time.

It seems that Jon and I know alot of the same car people.   Anyway, Jon proceded to give me a tour of his facility.   The first half of his shop is mostly cars that are waiting for parts or waiting for their owners to come up with more $. The other half is mostly cars that are being worked on, from cars in a million pieces to ones that are almost finished. There’re even a few cars outside including an early 60’s Lincoln with RWO parts awaiting its turn.

Jon has been in the body and fender business for 34 years. He was running a large shop in Seattle dealing with lots of employees, customers and insurance companies and 10 years ago scaled back to establish this shop specializing in restorations of vintage vehicles, a few hot rods and even a few newer cars.

fenders_and_finsHe can do anything from an engine cleanup like mine to a frame off restoration and he lives in Woodinville just minutes from his shop. One can easily tell he’s really enjoying this business.

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