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elkbowhunter
03-13-2012, 07:04 PM
Just wondered how many remember filling up your car for 19 cents a gallon. I starting working at a gas station while going to school in Houston in the 60s. Gas wars were a cool deal. I do remember pumping gas for .19cents a gallon. My VW bug filled up for 2bucks. I liked them days. ;)b

BoneDigger
03-13-2012, 07:08 PM
When I learned to drive it was just over a dollar a gallon.

Todd

BigJack
03-13-2012, 07:09 PM
I have only seen it under $2 once in my life and it was like 1.87 when I was like 6

M-2
03-13-2012, 07:10 PM
I recall when there were "gas wars" the price of gas was about 29 cents (normally about 31 or 32 cents otherwise). And I didn't even have to pump my own gas.

flatlander
03-13-2012, 07:10 PM
I can remember $0.70-0.80 per gallon. I thought it was big when it hit $.999.

The tax on gas is almost that much per gallon now!!

lovemylegacy
03-13-2012, 07:36 PM
I remember seeing it at .19 A little to young to drive at that time.

Tubby
03-13-2012, 07:38 PM
I remember seeing it at .79 when I was a youngun... but when I started driving the cheapest I saw it was .89

Muy_Grande
03-13-2012, 07:41 PM
Haha I've heard those stories and I don't believe em. Just like the Copenhagen being 5 cents a can story. Lol

Black Ice
03-13-2012, 07:41 PM
I moved to Phoenix in 2002 and I filled my truck up at sams in Beaumont for $.99 per gallon. That was the last time I saw it under a buck.

bryan sandlin
03-13-2012, 07:41 PM
.23 a gallon. but thinking my age at the time was 12? then came the embargo of 73. hey am i that old? guess so.

Atfulldraw
03-13-2012, 07:42 PM
Are we talking leaded gas? ;)

Remember cars that kept running even after beIng turned off?

Diesel was .90 when I got my first truck

Arrow chucker
03-13-2012, 07:42 PM
I remember my dad getting gas for .07 a gallon when i was younger.

BOHTR
03-13-2012, 07:46 PM
I can remember buying gas for .75......thats the lowest that I can remember.

dadof2
03-13-2012, 07:48 PM
Elk-Brings back memories. I paid 17.9 cents to fill up a 69 Roadrunner and "drag main" for hours. I wish I had both of the opportunities again.
Bruce

charrell71
03-13-2012, 07:48 PM
My first car, a '72 Nova SS, ran on leaded gas. I remember filling her up for .69¢ a gallon. Cost like $10.00 to fill her up.

bowhuntntxn
03-13-2012, 07:49 PM
I remember the day gas broke $1.00. It was wild. And when I started driving it was hovering around the 89-99 cent range. I thought my dad was going to pop a gasket when bulk diesel hit $1.03 and regular gas was $1.10.

thorthunder
03-13-2012, 07:51 PM
We are at .25 gas wars. A hundred years ago..............

Billybird
03-13-2012, 07:54 PM
I remember my dad getting gas for .07 a gallon when i was younger.

You and I must be about the same age. I remember .06 cent a gallon in Falls Co., and I was no more than 10 at the time. My Grandad used one of those pumps that filled up how much you wanted, then the station attendant squeezed the handle and put the gas in the truck. C'ya:)

MikeW
03-13-2012, 07:56 PM
Am 53. I remember gas wars and S & H Green stamps. Lowest I can recall was around 0.29-0.32. When I was in my late teens buying gas for my dirt bike it was 0.50 and I was having a fit, and where I lived at the time it was normally 0.20 higher than anywhere else in the country...still is to this day, they are paying $5.80 right now.

dawgkllr
03-13-2012, 07:57 PM
.26 cents a gallon. We could ride our trail bikes all day during the summer for .50 cents.......I miss those days :(

Ron
03-13-2012, 07:59 PM
I paid 0.19 cents during a gas war once. It was usually about 0.50 cents, but two stations were going at it. Kinda dumb, but good for us kids.

Tx_hombre
03-13-2012, 07:59 PM
Cheapest I remember is .25 a gallon when I was a kid in Arkansas. It was during the gas wars. Can we get them to have gas wars again???

I remember when I started driving it was about .50 and we would collect bottles to turn in for the .05 and put gas in my truck. Oh the good ole days.

dbaio1
03-13-2012, 07:59 PM
Gas was around .55 - 60 a gallon when I got my drivers license at 15 in 1978.
I remember senior year it hit .75 and we ****** as it hit right at the summer time and water skiing and speckled trout fishing time of the year.

chief262
03-13-2012, 08:01 PM
19.9 is what I remember. Copenhagen was $3..60 for a 8 can roll.

Txbhunter1
03-13-2012, 08:02 PM
Am 53. I remember gas wars and S & H Green stamps. Lowest I can recall was around 0.29-0.32. When I was in my late teens buying gas for my dirt bike it was 0.50 and I was having a fit, and where I lived at the time it was normally 0.20 higher than anywhere else in the country...still is to this day, they are paying $5.80 right now.

Don't forget about the Clark Stamps. When I started driving it was .35 a gal and cigarettes were .55 per pack.

Buckshot4900
03-13-2012, 08:03 PM
I remember gas at .18 cents, I also remember making a statement to my new bride in 1973 that if gas reached .50 cents I was gone walk.
I lied, ain't walked yet.

bluelund79
03-13-2012, 08:03 PM
Lowest I can remember paying was .99 a gallon. I filled my Jeep for $10 and ran it for about 99 miles until I had to do it all over again.....Now I get 3x the mileage from my truck for 10x the money. Oh well.....

mac0515
03-13-2012, 08:03 PM
I can remember 9.9 cents a gallon during the gas wars in 1971/72

MikeW
03-13-2012, 08:05 PM
Don't forget about the Clark Stamps. When I started driving it was .35 a gal and cigarettes were .55 per pack.
I remember stealing money from Mom's purse to buy cigs at "Bob's Big Boy" for 0.35 out of the vending machine there, and you had to be sneaky about it.

rtp
03-13-2012, 08:05 PM
I remember it at .19/gallon. My mom and dad had a VW bug and I remember them pay that price. The lowest I have ever paid since I have been driving was .77 in San Antonio.

Buckshot4900
03-13-2012, 08:06 PM
Also remember Camel cigarettes in 69 at the PX for .22 a pack.

SWilson
03-13-2012, 08:07 PM
i remember riding my bike to the station with a quarter for a gallon of lawnmower gas and having enough change to get some candy for the ride home

DaveS903
03-13-2012, 08:10 PM
Lowest i remember is 27 or it was at 32 foroeverr then it jumped up to around 50 cents a gallon over night.

MikeW
03-13-2012, 08:12 PM
Lowest i remember is 27 or it was at 32 foroeverr then it jumped up to around 50 cents a gallon over night.
That's what I recall also. It was .25 - .30 and the next day it was .50

Bonesplitter
03-13-2012, 08:14 PM
Nope but I remember .79¢ a gallon. Boy I sure miss it too!

Sharon
03-13-2012, 08:17 PM
Those were the good days!!!!

gatt40
03-13-2012, 08:23 PM
I remember .14 / gal. and Skoal was .25 / can. We only had Wintergreen fine cut back then.

15ncs
03-13-2012, 08:28 PM
Those were the good days!!!!

These days are pretty good too:)

I can remember 19.9 at the corner of Carter Hill Road and Decatur Street in Montgomery. There were 3 maybe 4 stations there and one would drop the price and it was ON! They also used to give away road maps.

Okiehunter
03-13-2012, 08:29 PM
I remember gas at about .18 .20 cents - BUT, My new 1973 GMC pick up got 10-12 MPG and I was paid less than 3.00 an hour.

tvc184
03-13-2012, 08:32 PM
When I got my license in '72, it was in that vicinity but usually around 21.9. Of course that was at the no-name stations. The name brand "good" stuff like Gulf and Texaco cost you upwards of 24.9. I hated spending the extra money.

flywise
03-13-2012, 08:34 PM
.99 when I started driving and those were great times.

Matt_C
03-13-2012, 08:34 PM
I worked at a gas station in 76 while in high school and the state I lived in at the time didn't include sales tax on the gas. So, if you filled up a customers tank and it totaled 8.68 cents you had to add the sales tax to the 8.68 to tell the customer how much he owed. Talk about understanding math.... then he would say can you bring me a pack of so and so cigarettes and you had to add that and the sales tax for that to the total for the gas. No wonder I was so good at math.

Mastro
03-13-2012, 08:49 PM
Wow.. what a bunch of old geezers on this thread... just kidding of course.. about .90 fr me..

TCR²
03-13-2012, 08:56 PM
.88 is the cheapest I can remember. Cost about 12 bucks to fill up my 98 mustang. 16 oz Dr Peppers were .79

Boyd1212
03-13-2012, 09:00 PM
$.99 was the cheapest I can remember.

Bisch
03-13-2012, 09:00 PM
I can remember Shamrock was ina gas war with somebody else in San Antonio and the price was down to 19 cents. i was not old enough to drive but I can remember it. This would have been in the mid 1960's.

Bisch

shinerbock
03-13-2012, 09:03 PM
28 cents for gas and 20 cent longnecks(fallstaff). Ya know, maybe beer has the least inflation of all:D

GR5
03-13-2012, 09:14 PM
Remember the Crow Flite stations?

Smart
03-13-2012, 09:30 PM
I can remember as very young kid sitting in line with my parents for gas and I want to say I was very young the first time...5 or 6 years old...maybe 73-74?.. and then again in '79. We went to Disney world that year via car and I remember it not being a smart decision..:)

Honestly I don't really remember pricing back then. I do remember paying .79+ cents/gallon when I was in high school and it shooting up over $1 a gallon when Bush Sr invaded Iraq. It shot up to like $1.05 over night with premium at $1.23. The talk was our economy was going to go in the dump when that happened.

What I wouldn't give for those prices again.

Cotton
03-13-2012, 09:33 PM
On Friday night I could fill my truck up, take my girlfriend to a movie, dinner and have change left out of a twenty.

AlaskaFlyerFan
03-13-2012, 09:36 PM
I paid $0.78 /gal in San Antonio in the summer of 2001. $10 to fill the tank.

HC Sniper
03-13-2012, 09:39 PM
I can remember .39 cents when I was a kid. Remember Dad getting mad when it went to .40 cents. I can also remember .45 cents for Skoal and Copenhagen.

Iolabowhunter
03-13-2012, 09:44 PM
In the 60's, I worked at Stuckeys in Madisonville (Gulf station). I remember the customers would come in and ask for ten gallons, .25 cents a gallon. Wow $2.50 for ten gallons, I feel old and broke now a days.

CaptainDave
03-13-2012, 09:49 PM
It's all relative. I mean, what did a truck cost back then? Few thousand. Heck, my grandpa bought a house in 1955 for $7,500.

xman59
03-13-2012, 10:04 PM
i remember riding my bike to the station with a quarter for a gallon of lawnmower gas and having enough change to get some candy for the ride home

same here, dad would give the can and a quarter,, what was left over i could buy candy with,,,,, he sure got a lot of cans that were not quite full,,
i can recall 17.9 cents a gallon,, probably around 1970

xman59
03-13-2012, 10:07 PM
It's all relative. I mean, what did a truck cost back then? Few thousand. Heck, my grandpa bought a house in 1955 for $7,500.

i bought a new f150 in 78 step side, 302 column shift with power steering and a philco am radio,, heavy duty rear bumper,, no ac.... drive out was $4585,,, the $85 was for the radio!

cricketfire46
03-13-2012, 10:09 PM
Lowest I've ever seen it was .89 in Conroe

Longhorn1952
03-14-2012, 12:16 AM
I filled up at 19.9 in a 69 Roadrunner.

fizzle
03-14-2012, 12:30 AM
Not .19 but .85 for diesel in 1996. Dad bought me a diesel truck when I turned 16 and I remember filling up for .85 a gallon back then. Now the crap is 4.09... Really

reddogdan
03-14-2012, 04:12 AM
I can remember my grandmother telling my grandad, "We are NOT paying .23 here when we can get it for .19 in Rice"

DidIDoThat
03-14-2012, 05:05 AM
I bought gas for 19.9 at the shamrock on Bandera road between Leon Valley and Helotes. It was the fall of 69. It took $2.50 to fill up my 57 ford. A gas war brought the price down from the usual sky high 30.9!

Red Wing R/C
03-14-2012, 06:23 AM
When I was stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver (1953) I was getting 5 gallons of gas for ............$1. :)

elkbowhunter
03-14-2012, 06:43 AM
These days are pretty good too:)

I can remember 19.9 at the corner of Carter Hill Road and Decatur Street in Montgomery. There were 3 maybe 4 stations there and one would drop the price and it was ON! They also used to give away road maps.


Hey Yeah!! what about them free road maps...and no more free air. I remember when they started charging for air. People will say...yeah but they have to pay for the compressor and all....well the station has to pay for the electricity to run the pumps....why not charge you a electricity fee? Somethings should be free. Air and road maps. Bring em back.:D

valverdehunter
03-14-2012, 07:13 AM
I remember as a kid my Dad filling up his 1956 chevy PU with $.18/gal gas and he got a drinking glass or stamps on top of that.

HillCoBowHunter
03-14-2012, 07:21 AM
On Friday night I could fill my truck up, take my girlfriend to a movie, dinner and have change left out of a twenty.

Seemed fitting. But seriously going out for any kind of entertainment is becoming way to expensive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iTOCavui_w

Wayne Meuir
03-14-2012, 08:54 AM
My Dad owned a Fina Station in 1961. I pumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of gas at .19, checked the oil, washed the windshield and aired up the tires to boot for a total charge of--- ZERO. I worked after school and week-ends and Dad did not pay me anything, he just furnished all the gas I could use for my 1955 Chevy hot rod. All we did back in those days was cruise from one end of town to the other or go outisde of town to our country two lane drag strip. All teenage boys back in those days lived, breathed, ate, and slept cars--and girls.
Times were much simplier then.


Wayne

Swampa
03-14-2012, 08:58 AM
I remember paying .89 when I started driving. I cant even imagine getting to pay those prices again:eek:

quarterback
03-14-2012, 09:05 AM
Remember too that back in the day cars would get maybe 10-15 miles to the gallon. 20 mpg was unheard of. I'm pretty sure that some of my hotrods got less than 5 mpg but at 25 cents a gallon it was no big deal.

Ray 1
03-14-2012, 09:50 AM
I remember .07 &.09 cent gas,also fixed truck tire flats on dump trucks for .50 cents without air tools,or cages.Not telling my age however our baby son is 49years old.

holdem
03-14-2012, 09:56 AM
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holdem
03-14-2012, 09:57 AM
Yep I remember us stopping for gas and minners on the way to Lake-o-the-Pines to catch young crappie and bass. I usually got a Grapette and a Moon Pie for mid-morning break.

76truck
03-14-2012, 09:58 AM
Cheapest I can recall was .99 cents. Before my days of driving.

muzzlebrake
03-14-2012, 10:00 AM
When I was a senior in HS I paid 12.9 cents for Hancock or Bell gas. $1 would run me to school all week in the old Buick straight 8.

SaltwaterSlick
03-14-2012, 10:00 AM
When I left for college in June of '71 gas in my town was pretty much .19 all over town. My first trip home was Thanksgiving of that year, and the station I usually filled up had gas for .33/gallon... I said to myself, " aint' no way I'm gonna pay 33 cents for a gallon of gas! I'll go somewhere else..." Well after driving all over town, I came back and filled up for 33 cents... It ain't done nothin' but got worse since then...

krl014
03-14-2012, 10:05 AM
And to think if they were to have a gas war now and just make gas $2.50 people would be lined up for miles.

BrianL
03-14-2012, 10:10 AM
I remember it in the .79 range, but it was less than a dollar several times in the 90s. I remember thinking if gas hits $2 the economy wouldn't survive it.

TexasWicked1
03-14-2012, 12:13 PM
I remeber when I started driving.

Diesel was $0.52 per gal.
Reg unleaded was $0.92 per gal.

Greywolf in Hawaii
03-14-2012, 01:03 PM
Dating myself here, but in 1970-1 I worked at United Oil, gas prices were .14 a gal for regular and Premium was .18 Gas wars were the thing of a day. When the Shell station down the road would drop their price, I'd have to change the pumps to be .01 below what they had dropped theirs too.

Oz_Ag
03-14-2012, 01:10 PM
I seem to remember .79/gal when I started driving in '97. I could fill my half ton Chevy up for under $15. Now I can't even drive home from from work for $15.

Tree Phantom
03-14-2012, 08:55 PM
I too worked at Texaco Filling Station in 69 and 70 for 1 dollar an hour.Was supporting a 1970 SS 396 Chevy Nova. Ethel was 22.9, car wouldn't perform good, burning the cheap stuff.But the best thing about working at the station was washing windshields, remember what the girls wore at that time:rolleyes:;)b

stan
03-15-2012, 10:44 AM
I worked at a gas station a few years while in junior high school and high school, and pumped lots of gas at .19 cents per gallon. I also washed windshields, checked the oil and tires' air for that amount, whether a fill up or fifty cents worth.

trailboss
03-15-2012, 11:10 AM
My dad owned a service station all of my growing up years and I worked there after school and on weekends. Common price for gasoline was about 24-25 cents. During the gas wars it would get down to 19-20 cents and I remember once it got to 16 cents. People went crazy! They were coming in and filling up anything that would hold gas - gas cans, milk jugs, soda pop bottles - anything! I remember one old lady came in a old Ford Fairlane and had a #3 washtub in the trunk and wanted my dad to "fill 'er up"! He refused and she got madder than an old wet hen!

In the 70's it started going up and when it got to about 40 cents I remember telling my wife, "It will never get to 50 cents - people won't pay that!". Guess I missed that a little bit! :) It was $3.79 in W'ford this morning. :(

Trailboss

super_dave
03-15-2012, 11:21 AM
.98/ gallon. 2002 in Colleen at TSTC

super_dave
03-15-2012, 11:21 AM
college at TSTC WACO.

Mudslinger
03-15-2012, 11:36 AM
I remember a gas war in Temple growing up that got regualar down to .08 per gallon. I was in jr. high and just fixing to start driving.

HEADHUNTER71
03-15-2012, 11:53 AM
didnt drive at the time but i used to mow yards and had to fill my lil red gas can , and my grandpa worked at a gulf station round the corner from my house in houston wen gas was like 59 cents and i still have his gulf pen he carryd in his pocket!

Roy D Mercer
03-15-2012, 12:31 PM
I too worked at Texaco Filling Station in 69 and 70 for 1 dollar an hour.Was supporting a 1970 SS 396 Chevy Nova. Ethel was 22.9, car wouldn't perform good, burning the cheap stuff.But the best thing about working at the station was washing windshields, remember what the girls wore at that time:rolleyes:;)b

I remember going to the station with my pops and him saying fill her with Ethel. I always ended up with a NuGrape and a moon pie. Good Times.;)b

Olphart
03-15-2012, 12:31 PM
I was in high school in the mid-60s and gas was around .17/.18 for regular, leaded gas. I bought a 56 Ford for $150 (used, of course), but I remember a class assignment where we had to go to a dealer and get a price for our "dream" car. If I remember right, the car was a 65 Pontiac GTO and I could buy it for "about" $3,000. I also remember my step father also bought a new '71 Ford pickup, small V8, standard shift, and rubber floor mats, vinyl seat cover, short bed....all for the low price of $1,300. I worked at a "drive-in" theater and earned $2 per hour. I also remember doors were left unlocked and never had a problem with uninvited guests.

volsfan969
03-15-2012, 12:34 PM
I remember .44 cents a gallon back when you could actually get away with putting it in a milk jug without getting a second glance. Spent a few summers like that pushing a mower around the neighborhood trying make a little weekend money.

Mister Bubba's bulletman
03-15-2012, 10:48 PM
I remember telling the guy to "fill er up" then watch him wipe down the window, check under the hood and bring the dipstick around for your approval.

Sometimes Sinclair Gulf and Texaco gave away glasses on a fill up.

Those days are long gone.

Mister Bubba's bulletman
03-15-2012, 10:51 PM
I remember telling the guy to "fill er up" then watch him wipe down the window, check under the hood and bring the dipstick around for your approval.

Sometimes Sinclair Gulf and Texaco gave away glasses on a fill up.

Those days are long gone.

My cousin Monroe always gave us candy at his gas station in Moody. If we went to Pete's, he'd give us some too.

la133510
03-16-2012, 12:22 AM
I remember a “Gas War”/”special opening promo” in Victoria, Tx. and believe it or not JC Penny had a service station at the (then) new Mall and the price was 19.9/Gal. Keep in mind gas was regularly priced at around 30 cents/Gal back in 63/64. My Dad put a 55 gallon drum in the back of his 63 Olds and he filled it up. He had to off load gas in about every container we could find just to get the drum out of the trunk… funny but true.

psicoo
03-16-2012, 08:50 AM
Yep. Started driving legally in 1965 in Houston also.