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Longtime Colorado Springs’ shop changes gears

Speedometer, Alternator and Generator Repair owner has sold its building and will take service offerings in new direction

Colorado Springs, Colo.—After serving Colorado Springs for more than 60 years, Speedometer, Alternator and Generator Repair, at 449 E Kiowa St., has sold its building and will no longer be rebuilding speedometers, alternators, generators and starters at that location.

Elwood “Rusty” Buster II, owner, has decided to move in a different direction.

“Believe me, this was no easy decision” Buster stated in an announcement on the shop’s website. “My father, Elwood Buster, bought the business in 1957 and I joined him in 1982. This is truly a family affair and I have deep roots in the collector and hot rod car scene in Colorado.

Image from an old advertisement.

“But the market for rebuilt starters, alternators and generators has changed dramatically over the years and it is no longer economically feasible for me to continue to rebuild them. The great news is I love rebuilding vintage car and truck speedometers and I will continue to do so from a yet undetermined location in the near future.”

The shop will be winding down over the summer. Rebuilding equipment tools and inventory will be liquidated. New starter and alternator units will still be available to be ordered during this time.

Buster’s father, Elwood Buster (right), launched the shop more than 60 years ago.

Buster is guiding customers to Quality Alternator and Turbo services at 720 Arrawanna, 719-475-7408. “Dave Wasinger has 47 years of experience and worked for my father, Elwood Buster, here at Speedometer Service and, along with my father, trained me in auto electric rebuilding before opening his own shop.”

Speedometer repair service and new speedometer cables will still continue as usual during the transition period, he said.

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