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Mission Bay Automotive Repair, San Diego, CA (other)
freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2005-09-06 09:30 am   Permalink

Name:Mission Bay Automotive Repair
Type:other
Street:1125 Morena Blvd.
City:San Diego
State:CA
Zip:92110
country:USA
Phone:(619) 276-3262
Status:operational

Description:
A Tiki Garage? A garage who's office's conical roof is topped by a 3' tall tiki? Who'd'a thunk it?

I found this place while taking the bus into Downtown San Diego, It's at the corner of Morena & Buenos Ave just a little North of I 8 and Old Town. Their
website has a picture where you can see the office roof, but the picture crops out the Tiki. Moki takes car there, but the owners don't seem to know where the Tiki came from.



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freddiefreelance
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2005-09-14 07:08 am   Permalink

Images of the office's Tiki-topped conical roof:



And the matching garage building behind the office:



I think the trim is supposed to be "island" inspired?
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TIKIBOSKO
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Joined: Oct 17, 2004
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Posted: 2005-09-27 09:20 am   Permalink

When I first found this place I was quite excited as I suspected that this may have once been a Tiki gas station or at least a Tiki repair shop. I had hoped to get proof of that for the (then) upcoming BOT, unfortunately all my leads slowly petered out. The mechanics I spoke with there (over 10 years ago) thought I was crazy. But after talking for a while, the head guy he said the Tiki was put up there for “luck” and it had always been a car shop. My brother happened to know a guy who knew a guy who knew the former owner. Before we were able to pursue this long avenue, Sven’s book finally went to the publisher and I put this place in the back of my head. The location of the establishment is important as this was a main road into town before freeway 5 was put in. If you look at the structure it (to me) resembles an old style filling station (with a lot of additions) of course now there are no pumps left but I still believe this was a gas station way back when. Also if you go north just a block or so you’ll hit the cool rattan/patio shop, its architecture is clearly mid-century exotic. If you look closely they both have a similar border treatment, obviously one borrowed the idea from the other, either way they were trying to capitalize on the popularity of Polynesian pop.

My very best alohas,

Bosko


 
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freddiefreelance
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2005-09-27 11:34 am   Permalink

Bosko, I think you're right about it having been a Gas Station, or maybe a Used Car lot? With the central Tiki-fied building and what looks like the original auto repair bays to the right it looks very like an old Gas Station with attached Garage.
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alauracocking094
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Posted: 2009-10-23 03:28 am   Permalink

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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2009-10-23 05:22 am   Permalink

Way to spam up an old thread.

 
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High Dive
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Posted: 2014-01-30 12:45 pm   Permalink

The Tiki on top of the main building was taken down today as they replaced the roof of the building. To my surprise they had no intention of putting it back up. I was across the street at the thrift shop and my daughter pointed out the tiki that was being rolled across the street on a dolly. The owner of the thrift shop had just purchased the tiki and was getting ready to place it on craigslist. I purchased it immediately and am glad to be able to put it up for others to continue to enjoy in front of my bar two blocks down on Morena. I feel instead of hiding it away in my personal backyard this Tiki is meant to be enjoyed by all. It will be located at The High Dive at 1801 Morena Blvd alongside another great Tiki. The current Tiki (By Tiki Dan) had been located in front of the Tiki store Bamboo to you and Tikis too in Lucadia and Tiki Farm is currently in the process of making a replica mug to be released for Tiki Oasis 2014. Let the Tiki's live on
Cheers
Ingrid





 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2014-01-30 12:49 pm   Permalink

Hey thanks so much for doing that Ingrid!

I guess that saying "right place, right time" applies

Thanks for sharing too!


 
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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2014-01-30 3:48 pm   Permalink

Nice save, although I'm more than a little disappointed at Mission Bay Automotive
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kenbo-jitsu
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Joined: Jul 27, 2011
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From: Southern CA
Posted: 2014-01-30 9:02 pm   Permalink

Sure enough. I remember that other tiki being at "Bamboo 2 U and Tikis Too!". You can see it in the photo I took for Critiki.
http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=54
I guess it's not there anymore.


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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2014-01-30 9:23 pm   Permalink

Oh, I'm so sad it's not up there anymore, but Thanks so much for saving it! I've been meaning to visit the High Dive for ages - now I have even more reason to do so!


 
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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2014-05-07 09:04 am   Permalink

Well, I now know why they didn't care about the tiki -- Mission Bay Automotive is moving down the street and this property is now for sale.



 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-05-09 06:31 am   Permalink

Use to live around the corner long ago
Remember seeing that tiki daily


 
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