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Iconic, 25-foot tall muffler man gets Christmas swagger back

Posted at 5:25 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 20:31:51-05

An iconic, 25-foot-tall statue in Escondido just got its Christmas swag back.

Vandals and rain kept the muffler man on the Joor Muffler lot from sporting his Santa suit for years.

But Joor and Sickel's House of Fabrics, two historic businesses across the street from each other, came together to re-start the tradition.

"It's an icon. It's historic, so we tried to bring him back," said Nick Manning, who has owned Joor Muffler for 15 years.

It took six people about an hour to put up the suit, at the corner of Valley and Juniper in Escondido.

They did it they day before Thanksgiving to beat the rain.

The new material - called sumbrella - is resistant to the rain, the heat, and the sun.

The prior fleece suit could not withstand the weather.