Posted February 11 2015, 2:49 PM PST

Seattle Times Photo Spread on Engles



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February 10, 2015 at 7:23 PM

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Oldest gas station on Maury and Vashon Islands

 
 

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lou Engels, 75, left, and his son Paul Engles, 45, outside Engels Repair & Towing on Maury Island on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The third generation, family-owned business was established in 1951 and is the oldest gas station on Maury and Vashon islands, said Lou. Employees still pump their customers' gas, as well as offer vehicle repair and towing. "All of the ma and pa's are on the wayside," said Paul. "(We've) rebuilt automatic transmissions for 40 years and continue to stay current with all of the technology of today's cars. It's a constant challenge for an independent." The vehicles they are service are as diverse as the islands' inhabitants- from 1930s Model A Fords to new BMWs to hippie buses and pickup trucks. "The spread of knowledge we lean on Lou for. He can't retire," said Paul, about his father. "He's the brains of the operation."

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Gerald Plancich, in truck, talks with Lou Engels, center, and his son Paul Engles at Engels Repair &Towing.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Paul Engles talks with a customer at Engels Repair & Towing. "Every deal we make, we try to be as fair and square as possible," he said. "We're in a small community. We still pump your gas. It's just how the place is run."

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

In his coveralls, Lou Engels finishes up at Engels Repair & Towing in the portage area between Maury and Vashon Island.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lou Engels closes for the night at Engels Repair & Towing, a third-generation Maury Island business.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lou Engels said his business works with clients who are extremely poor to extremely rich and some that have been going to the shop for 30 years.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Paul Engles talks with a customer.


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