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SV man opens car restoration business

SPRING VALLEY--Dave Deusterman has been a car enthusiast for over 40 years.

So he figured after a long career at Tetra Pak in the Twin Cities, why not make his passion his now full-time job?

Therefore, with the help of son Dan, Dave launched Dusty's Garage last year, specializing among other things in custom painting and car restoration for hot rods, custom, muscle and classic cars. It's located at Dave's house, in rural Spring Valley, on the border between Pierce and St. Croix counties.

Dave (a.k.a. Dusty) has been around cars since he was 12-years-old. At age 15, he had his first car and, a year later, took over his dad's shop. Dave grew up in the South St. Paul, Minn., area and moved to Wisconsin seven years ago.

As a part-time business, he started doing artwork and small custom painting in 2003. The business grew full-time when Dan joined him last year.

The pair each has their specialty as Dan, who is a Wyotech graduate, mainly works on body work and custom painting, and Dave handles artwork and vehicle graphics (i.e., pin striping).

The actual car restorations and custom painting are only a small part of the business, as Dusty's Garage also offers original art and original Bad Gas toilet seats.

Dave explained a couple of his friends were racing years ago and, to pass the time, were eating known gassy foods. They came up with the name of Bad Gas and the idea took off from there.

Eventually, Dave was able to get the name logo, trademarked and registered, and decided to put it on toilet seats, t-shirts, key chains, gas cans, blankets and magnets. In regard to the toilet seats, Dave added toilet seats aren't available for the bathroom, as they can be used as wall art to decorate one's shop, garage, office, study, recreation room or cabin.

In addition, he said, it's not just the Bad Gas logo available on toilet seats, as evident by Grumpy, one of the Seven Dwarfs, varmints, and the Gadsden Flag, known as the "Don't Tread on Me" decal. (Nearly all or most of those items can be found on their E-Bay store, Dusty's Garage LLC.)

Other vehicles presently in the shop the pair are restoring are a 1956 Oldsmobile, a 1961 Chevrolet Impala and a 1970 Camaro.

Future plans for the business, Dave said, include adding an additional building to go along with their 42x72 garage in which they do most of their restorations.

For more information, call (715) 684-7834 or visit their website at .

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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