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40 some-odd years ago, DIY garages were relatively common. There was one that I did a lot of work on my '56 Chrysler in. I remember reading in Car & Driver about one place where a fellow rebuilt his Jaguar engine.
That was around the time when OPEC was flexing its muscles and our economy was hurt a bit. Small warehouse-type places with roll-up doors were cheap.
Liability insurance and rising rents probably killed them off.
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