Samuel Eugene Smith and his two sons, Craig and Lance, always had a passion for fixing cars and trucks, and understanding the operations of how vehicles work. The trio started by fixing neighbors’ and friends’ vehicles out of their own home, and quickly grew by word of mouth—in the area, the Smith family mechanics became known for the quality of their work, great personalities, and loyalty to their customers. They became busy enough that it became necessary to open a real shop. In early 1962, Sam found the perfect facility in Glendora, CA, just off Arrow Highway, and S.E. Smith & Sons officially opened for business.