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Posted 26 October 2011 - 07:04 AM

Tom, Smokes were sold from a box mounted on the island lights, cartons were all inside...we did sell a few. We used the coin changers (like Sonic today) and never needed to go inside .


Did the outside box hold the entire inventory, or were some cases kept inside in order to fill the box as needed?

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 07:06 AM

The Clark my buddy n I worked at (late 70's) did have cartons stored on the back shelves.......I remember this because of that is how we got hooked on smoking by trying different brands....took me almost 20yrs to quit ;)


This station is set in the late seventies. You've given me the excuse I was looking for! I'll put them in the back as planned. I will have to remember to do that outside box, too.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 07:46 AM

The Clark station I worked at in about 77 did not have any cigarets out side. They were all inside.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 09:00 AM

I really appreciate all the input...keep it coming! I think the lesson for me here is to be a little less obsessed with everything being perfect. Obviously there was a degree of variation between stations, so I can relax about the cigarettes.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 09:03 AM

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Can any of you gas pump experts identify these pumps? The information will help my research. (pictures borrowed from earlier in thread.)

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 12:00 PM


Did the outside box hold the entire inventory, or were some cases kept inside in order to fill the box as needed?


Box had all brands,,,,top sellers had a full carton, slow sellers had a 1/2 carton outside....as sold we did restock non stop!

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 01:27 PM

Tom , the pumps are Tokiem series 461's 1962-1970. These pumps inner workings dated to the earlier "Explorer's " ( 1958-61 ) The sheet metal however was new . They pretty much remained the same up to the last of the mechanical era when the "MEM'S electronic pumps took over in 1972. Ed Shaver

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:52 PM

Tom , the pumps are Tokiem series 461's 1962-1970. These pumps inner workings dated to the earlier "Explorer's " ( 1958-61 ) The sheet metal however was new . They pretty much remained the same up to the last of the mechanical era when the "MEM'S electronic pumps took over in 1972. Ed Shaver


Ed, I had a feeling you would know. Thank you! That's about as precise a response as I could hope for!

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:59 PM

Tom, I'm glad I could help out . Ed Shaver

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 03:43 PM

WOW, Tom! :) :) :)

That office, and everything else you've done so far has left me both at a loss for words, and salivating uncontrollably!

Everything looks AMAZING !!!!!

Oh... don't forget to change those furnace filters regularly... Gotta keep those oil cans lookin' nice and sparkly! :D

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 04:32 AM

Astounding! Stunning! As usual, Tom, amazing!

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 07:09 AM

I look at those pictures again and I guess a lot depends on when a given station switched from 'full service' to 'self serve'. I don't think the cigs would be outside if the station was was self serve. That doesn't mean the boxes on the light poles still wouldn't be there. In the picture of the girl filling her Fiat 850, you can still see the bell ringer hose running from the pumps like a full service station.

I got my license in 1980 and a few friends worked at full service stations while in high school. Two service bays and open until 10PM. A friend of mine worked at a Mobil station in Grosse Pointe, MI and along with the bright white exterior, I remember the counter in the office, the oil cans, the candy machine, the cigarette machine, the old 'slider' credit card 'machine' with carbon copy slips, gumball machines and road maps. I like seeing the changes in culture from one time to another. This is one of the reasons I like this build so much.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:21 AM

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Got a few more things made.

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Here's a look at the shelving unit

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Here's how it all looks in place.

More to come.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:55 AM

Tom, yer toooooooooo much !!!!!!!!!!! Ed Shaver

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:57 PM

Tom, I hate you!

But in a good way... :lol:

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 08:47 PM

How do you make those boxes???

Wow....seriously. Wow.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 03:50 AM

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Charlie , these were made using 1/8th plastic , a marker and some spare time . They represent some Fram Filter boxes from the early 60's

Ed Shaver

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 04:34 AM

Tom, been a while since I checked this thread (sorry). I am blown away at the progress you have made, You the man. If you get in a bind and, need multiples of little things cast, let us know. Would be happy to help.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 12:58 PM

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I'm leaving this project for awhile, so I'll leave you with these pics to show total progress thus far.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 01:01 PM

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I'm going to build a truck. I'll post it in the truck section when I get enough done. I've been living and breathing this project, and I will return to it, but I need a break for awhile. I'll post more in this thread when I get back to this project.

Thank you for all the help, and all the input.