The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

Some of the later postings include car club outings and other vintage car items that I hope will be of interest to people.

If you have the time, scroll back to where it all began in 1973 and follow the journey so far.

Thanks for dropping by.

Regards Ray Dean

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Gas Stations of the 1920's - When Autos were Young

The place is a Texaco Gasoline Filling Station (primarily they filled gas tanks). But what is that contraption with the ramps?The mechanism appears to be driven by the cars wheels.Hydraulic lines go to that can with a raised top. What could it be? A pump for lubing a car's under parts? The little sign does say "Havoline" which was Texaco's brand name for its oil products. An early engine dynamo-meter? Maybe it's a primitive car wash. I dunno, any guesses?

I guess there was no signage limitations back then.I count eleven Texaco signs on that station. 

Land wasn't at a premium then like it is now. Note the wide open layout and the nice row of little trees. This was a Texaco Gasoline Motor Oil Service Station.

The concept had become a "service station," which included more than just filling your tank. They even filled it FOR you, no "self-service" needed.  
Ford Sales and Service. Look at all those Model T's. Simplicity itself. No name gas and motor oil for 20 cents a quart,

        Dome Gas. You better try it 'cause "It's Better." It better be good since they want 23 cents a gallon for it!

Leman's Tire Shop, Barney Oldfield tires only $9.99 each. Sounds kind of expensive to me. Note the water can by the side of the road and the barricades around the trees. I guess people just drove up on the sidewalk to get their tires and the trees were in the way.

Here we have Super Motor Fuel. I hear Dome Gas is better, but this stuff is SUPER.

Note the name of the station "Toot-An-Kum-In." King Tut was big news in the twenties so why not capitalize on it. This is a really modern looking station with the full roof and multiple islands of pumps. AMOCO Gas (still around today), but what does "filtered" mean. Obviously they consider other gas to be "dirty"

Four Wheel Drive Autos sales and service. The SUV's of the 20's

The first high rise car park

Some pretty primitive cars in this picture

Home mechanics have always been safety first????

Yeh ok, I will have the one over there.

Can you check the tyres, and respoke the wheels, please

Nice Tow Truck

Self service back then to.

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