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Ian Cusey - This Guy's Garage

Ian's garage is definitely lived in, and we mean that in a good way

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Ian Cusey/La Habra, CA
Our painter buddy Brian Ferre tipped us off to this treasure trove garage located in an automotive service complex in La Habra, and we stopped by to talk to Ian, the owner of the building. He's been in the business of installing and servicing large-scale air conditioning units for high-rise office towers, hospitals, and hotels for more than 55 years. Sometime between 35 and 40 years ago, he rented the first unit in this four-unit building. As the building's other tenants moved out, he rented those spaces as well. Ian ultimately bought the building outright and now has all four spaces filled with cars, car parts, air conditioning parts, and all the other stuff a person accumulates over the course of his life. We regret our lens was only wide enough to fit one of the garages at a time.

A. Ian bought this '32 Ford 40 years ago and converted it to a highboy. It used to be his daily driver, too, powered by a 283 Chevy. He's currently fitting it with a 4-71-supercharged 350 backed by a TH350 trans and 9-inch rear.

B. Under about 10 layers of moving blankets (and a lot of other stuff) is a '66 Corvette with only 18,000 miles on the odometer. Ian bought this car new while he was doing an install job at a Kansas City airport. He's turned down offers of $75,000, saying he plans to give the car to his daughter.

C. Check out all the cool stuff Ian has stored in here. Those are propeller fans for A/C condensers on the back wall, manifolds and ductwork on the right wall, and shelves full of copper fittings, stainless steel hardware, and piles of automotive parts. It's like the Smithsonian for car guys.

D. This '47 Ford is Ian's car of choice for long freeway trips. He bought it as-is about 20 years ago. It also has a 350/TH350/9-inch drivetrain. Plus, it has tilt steering and A/C. "It's perfect for road trips and summer vacations," Ian says.

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