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Old 10-22-2021, 09:54 PM   #57
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I was constantly working on one of our 4 cars nearly every weekend because something would break during the week.
Now it's a different kind of vehicle with a house on top of a truck frame. Every weekend and after every trip.
Times haven't changed. Just a lot more expensive!
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Old 10-23-2021, 08:32 AM   #58
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Maps! Free maps. How I loved getting one each time and following the routes my dad was driving out west from KC. I still love maps!
Remember how difficult it was for the average person to fold those filling station maps. Only people who could do that on the first try were truckers.
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Old 10-23-2021, 09:00 AM   #59
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In 1966 and 67 I was in the Army in Maryland. Evenings I worked at a Texaco to make a little more money for my family. I had two coworkers who were also Army. At that time there were only three Vietnam vets on the post and the Colonel decided it would just great if his vets led PT and whipped the fat scientists the post had into shape. OK, sounds like fun to me. I'm now a DI.

Well anyway, One night we had the whole outfit lined up for their exercises when I looked at my partner. There he stood in front of the whole post wearing his Texaco cap with the big red star.👀
I whispered, 'Hey Ed, are you in the red army now?" The troops were sniggering, but we made them pay for that after he changed hats.

Actually, the troops learned to like our PT. Strange.
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I remember wrapping oats when we were getting ready for threshing time. Wrapping a few stems around a bundle and then stacking them in "clumps'
(all this right after my uncle bought his farm and didn't have anything but man and boy power.)
I remember the time when my four year old brother fell on a new wooden pencil and it went thru his heart and lung and killed him. Medicine back then didn't mess with the heart. How things have changed for the better!!
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Gads! All of you are really old if you remember that stuff. Wait, so do I! I’m old too! Arrgggh!
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Yeah, it was great...the guy comes out, steals the gas cap, slops a quart of gas down the side of the car, checks your oil (and charges you for an overpriced quart you don't need-if you're lucky, it's not used oil poured into a new container)-maybe gives your radiator hose or fan belt a swipe with a razor.
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Yeah, it was great...the guy comes out, steals the gas cap, slops a quart of gas down the side of the car, checks your oil (and charges you for an overpriced quart you don't need-if you're lucky, it's not used oil poured into a new container)-maybe gives your radiator hose or fan belt a swipe with a razor.
Man, you must have had an awful childhood!
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you can trust your car to the man who wears the star the big bright texaco star. esso put a tiger in your tank! gulf ,no knocks! good gulf, gasoline
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My Grandfather was a Ford line mechanic in MO, and when he got laid off during the depression, he opened his own service station in the tiny town of (then 300) I grew up in. He did everything from oil changes to complete rebuilds and rebuilt components like starters and generators instead of replacing them.
He got this from Standard Oil after he had a stroke and had to retire. I barely remember him, but Dad and I inherited his mechanical logic I believe.
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My Grandfather was a Ford line mechanic in MO, and when he got laid off during the depression, he opened his own service station in the tiny town of (then 300) I grew up in. He did everything from oil changes to complete rebuilds and rebuilt components like starters and generators instead of replacing them.
He got this from Standard Oil after he had a stroke and had to retire. I barely remember him, but Dad and I inherited his mechanical logic I believe.
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That's quite an honor! Do you know what year they gave him that?
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That's quite an honor! Do you know what year they gave him that?

My Dad has passed so canít ask, but educated guess would be late 50ís.

I inherited the property the station was on (little over an acre) but the building is gone. Keeping it for sentimental reasons. Thinking about putting a couple rv lots on it.

Town has grown to a whopping 400 give or take.
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Gas, full service, S&H Green stamps, and a free glass--all for $0.16/gallon.
Oh, for the good old gas wars!! Even bought gas for $0.14.9/gallon
Dang, I forgot all about the S&H green stamps.
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Best thread lately!! Thanks for all of the memories. I call it VERBAL CARBON DATING. Iíve worked at that service station, and that hay farm and I remember when the gas stations would give you dishes and glass ware to buy their gas, for .40 cents a gallon. Of course I was working for $200 per month in back then.
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I remember working at age 11-12 at a farm in Wisconsin that grew cherries and apples. We would prepare and can them for bakeries. My job was to load the 15# and 30# cans on the chute that went down to the canning line. I also filled the sugar chute with 50# bags of sugar. Made $1.25 an hour in the early 60's. Also ran over cherry trees with a large sprayer while towing it with a tractor. Grandpa and dad were not happy.
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