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Old 06-05-2008, 07:49 PM   #1
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When I was 16 five of us guys use to give a friend on Saturday night a quarter a piece for a dollar worth of gas and a quart of oil for his 1950 Ford. We would ride around until midnight. Most of the time he would cut off the motor and coast down the hills.
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When I was 16 five of us guys use to give a friend on Saturday night a quarter a piece for a dollar worth of gas and a quart of oil for his 1950 Ford. We would ride around until midnight. Most of the time he would cut off the motor and coast down the hills.
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Old 06-06-2008, 02:37 AM   #3
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remember paying 18.9 per gal in the late 60's sure is fun to dream and remember! yesterday on a ride home passed acouple of stations at 4.99 for diesel. jim
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Yep, we paid 19.9 cents a gallon (up to 21.9 cents)for gas when we got married in 1969. Of course I was also making less than 8% of what I make per year now. If you just adjust the numbers, we are paying more for the gas in adjusted dollars.
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:27 AM   #5
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I remember paying as low as 25.9 cents a gallon (the rest of you must be a lot older ), but I was only making 75 cents an hour back then. Several of us guys used to pull our resources and chip in for gas. Bought a dollars worth and told the gas station attendant (remember those?) to "drain the hose."
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I had a mentor friend several years ago that said this after I used the term Good Old Days.

"Don, the gold old days are right now. They are not going to get any better than today. Take today enjoy it and make the most of it."
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When I was 16 I made a $1.00 a hour working in tobacco. My first real job in 1964 I made $79.00 a week. It was a union job out of Chicago, installing central office telephone equiptment. I had to travel southeastern United States. In a 1963 Chevy II, no air, no power windows or door locks, no automatic transmission, no power sterring or brakes.
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When I joined the Navy in 1962 I got $72 a month and they "strongly suggested" that you take out a $10 US Savings Bond from that. Ended up with $32 on the 15th and 31st. Of course sea stores cigarettes were 10 cents a pack and beer was 25 cents for a 16 oz frosty mug.
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Glad some remember how the gas prices were a while back. My kids think I'm having a senior moment when I tell them I could buy 5 gal for a buck, not 1 gal for 5 bucks. Aw, the old days, I remember when they had a gas war and the prices went down. Of course you could get a pretty good clunker for 50 bucks, and it actually ran. My dad had two service stations and his profit per gallon ran 1-2 cents. The money was in tires, lube & oil, and tune ups. And yes I do remember a few folks asking me to be sure to drain the hose. For a bucks worth of gas you got the windshield cleaned, oil, water and tires checked and you never had to leave the car. I grew up in San Francisco and also remember Mels Drive In. And all the good times around the Haight Ashberry area.
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I remember filling the tank on my 1964 Ford Fairlane for about what a gallon of gas costs today.
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Yep, worked in a gas station while in High School, as said everything was full service even $1 of gas. Check oil, battery, water, air pressure and clean windshield. The really pretty girls got theirs cleaned extra special good and if we weren't real busy we'd offer to vacuum the floors. $.75 hr. The summer between my Jr&Sr year,1959, got a job on an oil drilling rig. $1.96 hr. Worked 8hrs, 7days a week. Every 2wks you would be off 8hrs then come back to a different shift, called a hurry back. Then every 6wks when going from 3to11 to 11to7 you would get a whopping 32hrs. off. They paid every 2wks. and I had gone to work on a Tuesday of the second week. Well we got paid and my check was $66, wow then 2wks later got a full check, $203. There wasn't that much money in the world. 17yr. old kid in 59 with that much money. Anyway, I saved $1000 that summer. Dad and I made a deal that if I spent that on a "New" Volkswagen he would pay the notes thru the school year and I would pay him back next summer. $1634 was the cost of a brand new 60 VW. Even had 2 options, whitewalls and a radio. 36hp. it would do 78 with just me and a near empty tank and maybe a little taiwind. No gas gauge, just a foot lever for when you ran out of gas it would switch to the reserve tank which was 1.5 gal.or another 50mi. 9 total gals in the tank. Life sure was simple then.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MCDDY:
Yep, worked in a gas station while in High School, as said everything was full service even $1 of gas. Check oil, battery, water, air pressure and clean windshield. The really pretty girls got theirs cleaned extra special good and if we weren't real busy we'd offer to vacuum the floors. $.75 hr. The summer between my Jr&Sr year,1959, got a job on an oil drilling rig. $1.96 hr. Worked 8hrs, 7days a week. Every 2wks you would be off 8hrs then come back to a different shift, called a hurry back. Then every 6wks when going from 3to11 to 11to7 you would get a whopping 32hrs. off. They paid every 2wks. and I had gone to work on a Tuesday of the second week. Well we got paid and my check was $66, wow then 2wks later got a full check, $203. There wasn't that much money in the world. 17yr. old kid in 59 with that much money. Anyway, I saved $1000 that summer. Dad and I made a deal that if I spent that on a "New" Volkswagen he would pay the notes thru the school year and I would pay him back next summer. $1634 was the cost of a brand new 60 VW. Even had 2 options, whitewalls and a radio. 36hp. it would do 78 with just me and a near empty tank and maybe a little taiwind. No gas gauge, just a foot lever for when you ran out of gas it would switch to the reserve tank which was 1.5 gal.or another 50mi. 9 total gals in the tank. Life sure was simple then.
Dave </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ten years later gas was around 25 cents a gallon and a new Power Wagon was about $3000 for the top end Camper Special model with AC, Tinted Glass and Body Side Moldings. You could get even a new full sized Oldmobile starting at $2500.

Gas was 18 cents a gallon during the Depression (1930) and 40 years later it had only gone up about 7 cents.

Parents would remind their children to wipe their feet before entering a building and most people would appologize if they slipped and swore in public.

Evening walks with the family to say hi to the neighbors sitting out on their front porches, little old ladies baking cookies for the neighborhood children and elderly couples walking in the park sharing their bags of candy with any child who was well behaved and wanted some.

The only people who said "Nothing personal it's just business." were criminals with the Mob or actors in a Mobster Movie.

Not much has changed since then....
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