Thats a good one Jay. BRAKES! HA! I call the wish brakes on my T.
Thanks for the great photos.
Was that once a church?
If you plan on stopping fast with a T Tim a few prayers wont hurt! Looks like a church with those windows.
The station is using a couple of very double visible pumps. Those were used mostly in Canada. Today a restored double pump usually sells for $20,000 plus. I can't tell what the brand of gasoline is.
The shop portion looks like an old Catholic Church converted to a garage.
On week days they serviced cars and on Sundays they serviced souls! But be careful I heard the communion wine was transmission fluid!
Speaking of Raybestos this may be of interest.
My son-in-law and daughter live in downtown Chicago in an 1880's Baptist church converted to 6 condominiums. One of the nice features is a garage in what would be the lower floor or basement that affords every living unit 2 sheltered off street parking spaces. The entrance is pretty much grade level. It certainly isn't below ground.
If someone were so inclined it would be easy to convert this garage space to a repair business. I have no idea what this "basement" area was originally intended.
There were or still are rules about selling and using a Catholic brick or stone church for other uses or selling to other religions, they are permanent consecrated structures. Wood Catholic churches did not fall under the same rules as they were not considered permanent.
More likely the brake shop is built against or just behind the church rather then in, if it is a Catholic church.
If it was built into the back of the church more then likely it was one of the other major denominations that did not have the same rules.
That's Father Raybestos standing in the doorway. He realized that so many Sunday morning congregants were praying for better brakes on their T's that he opened a side business on weekdays.
A fine shepherd of the souls and auto mechanic all wrapped up in one man.
I suppose brake shoes would have souls too.
"I felt sorry for my bad brakes until I met a man who had no brakes at all".
Thanks Dick for pointing out Father Raybestos.
A divine light shines down upon the book keeper's desk.
What did Father Ray die of?
I have an old brake riveting machine that has a foot pedal/riveter (on one side) and a motor driven sanding drum for perfecting the arc of the completed shoes after the linings were riveted on (on the other side).
I don't know IF I want to re-wire and start that motor driven sanding drum... Cough cough.
In the wood-working department, I could use a drum sander... Cough cough
Great photo Jay!
Why does the father look like he's wearing a helmet or an iron mask
From this source:
"The church building itself remained for sale for several years; it seems that Mr. Gibson was never satisfied with any offers made to purchase it. In 1929, the building was rented to the Toronto Brake Service and converted into a shop for vehicle repairs."
.... and here:
Better resolution photo here:
The location is 137 Richmond Street West in Toronto. The licence plate fits the format of only a single year, 1937. Everything in the photo is long gone, replaced by modern buildings.