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48 THE SHOP SEPTEMBER 2018 SPACE & TIME AR Auto Service's tight-knit staff includes three full-time technicians working in a 2,200-square-foot facility with five bays, four regular lifts and a specialized lift for alignments. Other members include: Dan Zimmerman, director of performance and Nakato's crew chief; Gabe Wiley, service manager; and Jake Pounds, fabricator and shop logistics coordinator. Because the shop can only store a limited number of cars inside, it takes full advan- tage of outdoor parking. "We really punch above our weight in terms of space," Sarukhanyan says. "Right now, we probably have 15 cars parked out- side every night, plus the 10 cars we can fit inside. When track season starts up in March in the Pacific Northwest, we'll have 40 cars here at a time." Balancing space and time is ultimately AR Auto Service's greatest obstacle, Sarukh- anyan says. The shop has to manage short- term appointments like transmission ser- vice and oil changes while making progress on longer-term projects that spill over from previous days. While the business doesn't do any mar- keting besides exhibiting at the Portland TIME CRUNCH From custom engine swaps to wiring BMWs and Porsches, each of the shop's technicians excels at different specialties.

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