Let's talk about old gas stations and stuff you remember about them ....

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  1. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    • I remember if you went inside into the station customer area, there were always a lot of dead flies on the window seal.

    • Air used to be free!

    • The gallons wheel spun at a million miles and hour while the dollar thing was barely moving. You could only buy $9.99 worth, other wise it would reset to zero again! ! :idea



    ok, someone else go! :red
     
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  2. Teleplayer

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    I remember buying bottles of soda in an old, vintage Coca Cola machine. They were ice cold and cost $0.05 each. Beautiful. Gas was 29.9 cents and it was all full service.
     
  3. phretbored

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    analog gas

    i think those pumps had to be biased by a professional tech as well ?
     
  4. phretbored

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    i remember huffing the awesome smell of gas-o-line yessir :love:
     
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    Check the oil, clean the windshield, dollar gas.
     
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    I remember when gas stations sold tires, and had real mechanics that could do ignition work/repairs, and things like batteries/fuel pumps,, you know, stuff that did'nt require changing an engine or transmission.
     
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  7. eflatminor

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    Guy came running out to clean the windshield and check your oil.
     
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  8. mango

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    The free air,the balls on the side of the pump that floated in the gas you were pumping,and the soft drink machine that you had to thread the bottle through out of the ice water.
    And the mechanic named Ernie who always had a dirty joke for you.
     
  9. hank57

    hank57 Silver Supporting Member

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    Silly joke/phrase:

    The pregnant gas station by who pumped Ethyl
     
  10. auger-1

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    oil came in cans....
     
  11. PAFF64

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    My first job was as a "petroleum transfer technician". I transferred petroleum from the pump into the car.....lol. Also, complimentary oil check, was h the windows front and back. The only time I didn't like my job was around Christmas. It seemed customers were agitated by the rush and stress of the holidays, and would be incredibly rude, and short. All in all very fond memories though.
     
  12. lefort_1

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    I remember Union 76 balls for the radio aerial.
    I remember radio aerials.
    I remember radio.

    :faceblam:
     
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  13. Brazen

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    I remember very well. I used to work at one for years. This station gave away glasses and dishes for fill ups. Air and water was free. We check your water, oil and tires even if you didn't buy anything.

    I remembered the time I had a guy come in and have me check his tires every single morning. He never bought anything. It's been going on a few weeks that I asked my boss WTF am I serving this guy for nothing. He said that's what we do. I told him he's taking advantage of us.

    The next morning he comes and I checked his tires alright. He left with over 50 psi in each tire.

    He never came back and my boss noticed it and looked at me then shook his head. :D
     
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    most stations had a rubber hosed line you drove over and it would ring the bell for the gas pumper.../mechanic..to let him know you had pulled in for gas
     
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    Too much monkey business for me.


    I remember the pull out Coke machines with Chocolate Nehis at the Spur station. Damn those things were cold.
     
  16. MrAstro

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    Air and water at Service Stations is still free in Australia :) To be honest I'm a bit shocked that they would try charging for it.

    Seems that sometimes it's nice to be a bit behind the times.

    I also remember when fuel was about $0.30/L as as kid and wondering with my friend about how many years it would take to hit $1/L. These days it's about $1.60/L

    No such thing as unleaded petrol.

    I'm getting old...
     
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  17. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    How about the little 'ding ding' hoses that you ran over to alert the attendants that someone pulled in for gas, and when you rode over them repeatedly with your banana bike, the guys would come out and yell at you! :dunno

    Yeah, moast gas stations had a couple of bays with mechanics on duty.

    The candy in the candy machine date wise was very questionable :confused

    Free sets of glasses or tickets to win prizes or money! :eeks
     
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    I remember the pads that the attendant used to wash the windshield. Two things a kid could do when the family car was being filled was watch the windshield being cleaned and enjoy the aroma of leaded gas without environmentally friendly additives. My father would say, Fill it with ethyl please." Restrooms were usable and the most grotesque element was the odor of urinal cake. On my bicycle with friends we would get air from a hose located at the pump island, not off to the side corner of the lot. At the coke machine I would get Barley's Orange Soda and it tasted like carbonated orange juice not a bunch of chemicals.
     
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    Going with my Dad to the local Zephyr station and getting a ride on the hoist when he had his oil changed. They also gave kids free kites!
     
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