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Continually covered in axle grease, filth and yesterday's lunch, Crusty is the absent-minded intellectual whose mechanical curiosity allows him to labor as the grunt mechanic of the shop, fixing what Fidel has diagnosed and installing what Stash has built. Pedantic, long-winded and oblivious to his putrid condition, he has a habit of getting customers dirty by accident. In a previous life, Crusty was a professor at Harvard. Now, Crusty considers his mechanic career as a very long sabbatical and patiently waits for the university call that will never come.