Loyd Blowers is on the left in this interior view of the Hood River Garage. Hopefully some of the automotive expert can narrow down the date and explain the apparatus on the right.
This space is now inhabited by the River Daze Cafe. They have remodeled extensively, but still use garage doors to let in the summer air.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Tags: 1930s automobile Blowers garage Hood_River_Garage interior
Looking at the round table behind the dolly/creeper and partly hidden by the tool cart, the pull handle, and the path of the belts and gears, I'm not sure that isn't just drill press. Looks like a bearing press in the background. what's the lightweight track curving along the ceiling for?
spinsur on 2nd April 2013 @ 7:27am
I agree with spinsur its a drill press, one that large was usually found in a machine shop or mill. the track on the ceiling is a trolly system for the chain lift that is holding up the car body in the background, looks like late 20's to early 30's vehicles.
Jim Gray on 2nd April 2013 @ 7:41am
Was this a Chevy dealership in the 1970's?
l.e. on 2nd April 2013 @ 7:58am
I dunno, Jim, I can see the body on a chain hoist, but it doesn't appear to be attached to the track, and the track looks too lightweight, more like an old style barn door track...
spinsur on 2nd April 2013 @ 8:10am
202 Cascade at one time was a Chevrolet Dealership, notice the bowtie symbols around the top of the building. during the 50's & some of the 60's the Chevy dealer was where Andrews Pizza is now, perhaps earlier, one of the Oak street photos shows it as a Chrysler dealership. some time in the fifties the Chrysler dealership was directly across the street from yesterdays photo & later was the Rambler dealership, now a glass shop.
Jim Gray on 2nd April 2013 @ 8:14am
If it was a dealership in the '70's it wasn't by that name. Did we not see Blowers in an earlier photo? I do know that his parents were Lawrence and Bertha Blowers, but that is about all.
charlott on 2nd April 2013 @ 8:15am
Shop too modern for a 70's Chevy dealership. Agree on drill press. The light curved track may be an air line running from compressor to a work station.
Buzz on 2nd April 2013 @ 8:22am
202 Cascade was also the Buick dealership in the 50's. Owned by Rene Devine. The funny part is that he sold Buicks but his wife insisted on driving a Chevrolet.
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 2nd April 2013 @ 12:59pm
You are right spinsur now that I have my glasses on the body is hanging from the rafters, however I still believe the rail is used as a trolly system for a hoist, we had them all over the place when I worked at the Dee Mill.
Jim Gray on 2nd April 2013 @ 1:59pm
I know way back when Garrabrant's Chevrolet was right there about where the pizza place is. You always sort of hand to poke your head around the corner of the garage door to see if some sort of vehicle might be coming out.
charlott on 2nd April 2013 @ 2:16pm
Loyd Blowers, the man on the left, is my grandfather.
Leslie Blowers-Hays on 26th September 2015 @ 7:56pm