In August of 2004 I pulled into the parking lot in front of Ed's Giant Muffler with the intention of snapping a quick photo of the Muffler Man from the window of my vehicle. As I was pulling in two individuals in a white truck had just exited the lot. They made an abrupt u-turn and rushed back into the lot and blocked my vehicle, wanting to know what I was up to. That is their white truck reflected in the window. The older one, whom I presume must have been Ed, seemed quite irritated that I had momentarily stopped in a parking lot shared by a number of businesses to take a photo of the giant Muffler Man he had on prominent display in front of his shop instead of buying one of his mufflers.
By March of 2007 the shop was simply called Giant Muffler and had been renovated. The Muffler Man had been repainted, his shirt in black and yellow checks. By July of 2009 the Muffler Man was gone, and his whereabouts are still unknown. Another business now occupies this location.
Formerly located at 2244 S. Santa Fe Avenue.
Addendum, April 18, 1012:
Roadsideamerica.com is reporting that Vista's Muffler Man was moved to Rocky Point, NC in August of 2007.