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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 5B Chris Coen leans against his shop truck, a 1951 Studebaker, outside his shop, Quincy Auto Glass. In addition to replacing and repairing automotive glass, Coen loves to work on antique vehicles. Photos by Laura Beaton Coen's fully restored 1940 Indian, manufactured as a police motorcycle in British Columbia, sits inside the Quincy Auto Glass shop. Quincy Auto Glass owner happy to live in 'Paradise" Laura Beaton Staff Writer They don't make things the way they used to, and automotive glass is no exception. Quincy Auto Glass owner Chris Coen said in the past 10 years auto and truck manufacturers have reduced the average weight, of a vehicle by 1,000 pounds. In part, that translates to automotive windshields, side and rear windows that are only about half as thick as they used to be. Coen said many windshields in Plumas County last just a couple years, because of the sand and rocks on the roads, which can kick up onto windshields and crack, chip or break the glass. "I can fabricate any kind of glass for any vehicle," Coen says. He works on cars, trucks, motorcycles, heavy equipment, boats, ... ...... (-) ! ...... "1 can fabricate any kind of glass for any vehicle." PKOFILES IN BUSINESS BUSINESS NAME railcars, antique vehicles and just about any other object that moves and has glass. Coen has been in the glass business for 39 years, the last seven as owner of Quincy Auto Glass. He said he ran away from home -- Minnesota and Michigan -- and fled to California to escape the snowy winters. He landed in Los Angeles and soon got a job at a glass shop. He interned in the '70s and worked for many years mainly on residential homes. He moved to Reno, Nev., and began specializing Chris Coen, Owner, Quincy Auto Glass more in automotive glass. Some of his projects included working on the antique auto collections at Harrah's and other museum auto-related restoration projects. While living in Reno, Coen discovered the beauty of Plumas County, and began driving up almost every weekend. "I used to be addicted to fly-fishing," Coen said. He fished and camped all over the county -- "a big slice of heaven." When Pat Murray retired seven years ago and sold his shop, Coen bought the business and moved to Quincy the next day. His clients include the county, California Highway Patrol, school district, Forest Service, Sierra Pacific Industries and Union Pacific Railroad. Quincy Auto Glass is housed under the same roof as Bruce Robinson's Shadetree Automotive in East Quincy. Coen said he has always been mechanically inclined, and he and Robinson collaborate on antique car restoration projects, such as Robinson's 1929 Model A. Coen is a member of the Model A Club and enjoys participating in rides and parades. Robinson and Coen employ Shane Winters, who is interning at both shops. The two business owners split Winters' salary and work time, while he learns the glass trade as well as auto mechanics. Coen loves antique cars, especially Studebakers, which were made in his home state of Indiana?He owns a 1951 shop truck that he restored and uses for work. His love for Studebakers has inspired him to help Quincy High School's auto shop class to restore the Plumas County Museum's 1922 Studebaker. Coen is providing the glass to restore the classic sedan-converted-to-a-truck. A fully restored 1940 Indian motorcycle, made for police use in British Columbia, is another of Coen's successful restoration projects.:,The three-speed bike has a hand-operated gearshift. Coen bought a house a Quincy Auto Glass Owner: Chris Coen Address: 2140 E. Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971 Phone:283-3930 Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Offers glass repair/replacement for autos, trucks, boats, motorcycles, heavy equipment; including safety glass, custom glass, antique vehicle work couple years ago in East Quincy, and will turn his substantial skills toward building decks and a garden. He anticipates having lots of fun projects to work on for the next 10 years. With deer grazing right outside his windows, and the forest all around, Coen says, "It's paradise for me." (530) 283-0800 ..... .............. 7 L ..... (530) 258-3115 (530) 832-4646 (53Q) 284-7800