FFR 3378 - 503 BB, $old and missed
RCR GT40 - 1051P clone, $old
FFR 7991 - becoming a 289 FIA with a Mr. Bruce body, 331, Webers, T-5, IRS, Vintage Wheels pin drive wheels, and Goodyear billboards http://www.bills289fia.com
Those of us who did pump a bit of gas at a station in our youth still remember envying our buddies who had a job at a station, too - with a canopy.
After an hour or so, you get the hang of walking around on three inches of ice, cold hands, and the changer on your belt being inaccessible under a long coat. A pound of hot chili and beans for lunch would get burned off in a four hour shift.
Then, there was always that one guy who would show up at the worst possible time, buy a dollars worth, and flip out a hundred. We didn't make a hundred in pay for the week, much less have change for it. So, he'd drive off, smirking.
The boss caught wind of that and laid in wait one evening, just as he whipped out the hundred, he reached around me, snapped it out of his hand, and started to slowly - s l o w l y - count out ones, deliberately messing up halfway to make the point.
Never Saw Him Again.
Nope, don't miss the days of kicking the ice off license plates to fold them down, just to find a block of it frozen around the cap. Or working in the pouring rain, soggy new $20's sticking together, and coming out of my pay at the end of the week.
I figured it up, one six month stretch at one station, just working part time, I pumped more gas than I will ever use in my lifetime. But, I never got to have a canopy - most stations couldn't afford them, or wouldn't if they were subject to high winds.
Third one down has a white car in the background that looks like a Cobra. Any of you old, wise sages got any input? MG or some other english sports car?
I would guess its an MG...
I remember those gas prices because we used to put two shilling piece into a self serve gas dispenser (bowsers as we called them) & two quid would just about fill the old MG TF
98% sure that is an Austin....The door lines cut backward, and rounded rear quarters and all.....
But from the side they sure are close dependant on year....
Austin Healy. '61
One of my dreams would be to buy a piece of land up here big enough to build an old car replica village. Old A&W Root Beer stand, classic diner, Old Gas station, with guys in uniform that checked the oil and cleaned the windshield, Drive In theater, Old car restoration shop, Country Store like the Waltons.... etc. Open during the Spring through Fall...There is a place in Ossippee NH that has an dilapidated old style garage on it.....Hmmmmm.....
__________________ for the times, they are a changin'.....
Last edited by Cobra Cory; 12-26-2012 at 04:31 PM..
Great pictures, Don. They bring back lots of memories like some the the guys tails of youth working at a gas station. Been there, done that. Luckily, I was in Florida and Texas. I didn't have to contend with as much ice.
Texas Cobra Club-Austin
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FFR3542K, 347 C.I., Holly Systemax EFI, T-5, 3-Link, Miata Front Sway Bar, 4 Wheel Discs, Red with White Stripes
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