Gem Of A Chevy Sits Inside Burien City Garage’s Museum

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by Josh Hart

Duane Quande, the owner of Burien City Garage, has been involved in collecting and fixing cars since he was seven or eight years old.

Back then it was just something people did.

Duane is also the proud owner of a ’57 Chevy museum. His museum contains pretty much anything and everything to do with Chevys and Coca-Cola.

The museum is centered around Duane’s prized ’57 Chevy, a car that is very special to him.

He had stripped down said Chevy back in 1989 (when gas was just 65 cents per gallon) and finished rebuilding it in June of last year – a total of 18 years of work. When he first got it, the car had a lot of rust and he and his buddies (Dennis Biggerly, John Zimmerman and Mike Mintern) decided to strip it down, take the body off the frame, and rebuild or repair all the parts.

This cost him a lot of money and time so he will most likely not try re-building another one (unless of course it belongs to a customer).

Duane’s other belongings in the museum include:

  • Old Coca-Cola products
  • Models of Chevys
  • Old auto parts
  • Old ads
  • Old gas cans

Duane Quande is also a businessman.

In his younger days he went to junior college, and then technical college to become a mechanic (somehow, mechanics are now called “technicians”). After college he worked at a job for ten years before buying Burien City Garage from John Cabela Jr., whose dad, John Cabela, started the business in 1942.

Burien City Garage does general auto repair, which means they do everything on the car except body work.

Drop on by, check out Duane’s cool ’57 Chevy, and tell him The B-Town Blog sent you.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Josh Hart is the B-Town Blog’s first Intern! He’s also a 15-year old student at Highline’s “Big Picture High School” in SeaTac.

You can read more of his writing here…]

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