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Old January 26th, 2013, 06:34 AM   #1
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Its been awhile since I had to refill my B size acetylene tank on my cutting torch set. I don't use them that often as a sawzall, chop saw and 4 inch grinder does most of my cutting chores. Anyway it was $72.00 with tax and haz mat fee for a puny little B tank. Oxy will cost $40.00 to refill next time. I remember when $20 would get me an acetylene refill all day. I must be getting old and the world is passing me by.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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Just think how you would have felt you hadn't bought gasoline for the same amount of time. "I remember when $5.00 would fill my tank!" Yeah we are all getting old.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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be glad you had the tank.....
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Old January 27th, 2013, 06:45 AM   #4
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Here in the midwest - when the steel mills are not making steel the bottle gas prices go up . Argon ,acetylene are mill and oil refinery byproducts
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Old January 27th, 2013, 07:39 AM   #5
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In 1960, It cost me a total of $12.70 to fill up a Large Oxy, and acetylene tank. When I first started driving gasoline was .17-20 cents a gallon. ( 1954) Pop


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Old January 27th, 2013, 09:37 AM   #6
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I worked at Shell station in '69 to finance my college education. One of my customers, and older guy..likely about the age I am now...told me that when gas hit the outrageous price of 30 cents a gallon (it was 29.9 and when he was a kid it was ten of twelve cents a gallon) he was going to sell his big Ford station wagon. Sure enough, gas hit 31.9 a week or so later. One morning soon after, he rolled in on a Vespa scooter. He said he'd sold the wagon, bought his wife a VW and that the gas companies weren't going to screw him over, oh no.
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30 years ago this April I was working at a Sohio Station & gas was around $1.18 a gallon, my VW was sitting in need of an engine, so I was driving my "Bruise"
The Bruise was a blue 1970 Ford Galaxie 500, I put a bunch of black primer on the rusty spots, I met my wife while working there, been with her ever since, she named the car the "Bruise" it was loud (I got 6 tickets for loud exhaust) & it looked like hell, but it ran great, after that I started driving my VW again because gas started going up, I'd buy a pack of cigs for $0.74 & put the change in the gas tank so I could make it to the gas station in the morning

Yup we're getting old as everyday passes


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Old January 27th, 2013, 04:25 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=metalmaster1766;556816]30 years ago this April I was working at a Sohio Station & gas was around $1.18 a gallon, my VW was sitting in need of an engine, so I was driving my "Bruise"
The Bruise was a blue 1970 Ford Galaxie 500, I put a bunch of black primer on the rusty spots, I met my wife while working there, been with her ever since, she named the car the "Bruise" it was loud (I got 6 tickets for loud exhaust) & it looked like hell, but it ran great, after that I started driving my VW again because gas started going up, I'd buy a pack of cigs for $0.74 & put the change in the gas tank so I could make it to the gas station in the morning

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I bought my first, new VW in June of 1965.I remember when I picked it up from the dealership, the salesman said they put 1 gallon of gas in it so I could make it home. I lived 14 miles from the dealership. Drove home, picked a couple buddies up, went to a local hamburger joint called Chuck-A-Burger ( McDonalds hat not been heard of). Drove around alot with the nice sunroof open and the A.M. radion blaring. Stopped in a gas stationand after the attendant, that's righ - attendant, filled the tank, cleaned the windshield, checked oil and tire pressure, finally was finished, I gave him a $5.00 bill and he gave me a $1.00 bill and some change from his change dispenser on his belt. I went in the service later that year and 4 years later when I came home from overseas, I went to work at that same dealership as a VW mechanic making an incredible $3.12 per hour. I thought that I had found the mother lode, died and went to heaven. I didn't know what to do with all of that unexpected wealth.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #9
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In 1960, It cost me a total of $12.70 to fill up a Large Oxy, and acetylene tank. When I first started driving gasoline was .17-20 cents a gallon. ( 1954) Pop
POP, we ain't getting older, but wiser. Hell, I bought ammo the other day for my Ruger .357 and it cost me $23.00 for a box of 25 rounds. That breaks down to $.92 a round or $4.60 each time I load. Gotta make each shot count,right?
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Old January 27th, 2013, 04:50 PM   #10
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30 years ago this April I was working at a Sohio Station & gas was around $1.18 a gallon, my VW was sitting in need of an engine, so I was driving my "Bruise"
The Bruise was a blue 1970 Ford Galaxie 500, I put a bunch of black primer on the rusty spots, I met my wife while working there, been with her ever since, she named the car the "Bruise" it was loud (I got 6 tickets for loud exhaust) & it looked like hell, but it ran great, after that I started driving my VW again because gas started going up, I'd buy a pack of cigs for $0.74 & put the change in the gas tank so I could make it to the gas station in the morning

Yup we're getting old as everyday passes


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I bought my first, new VW in June of 1965.I remember when I picked it up from the dealership, the salesman said they put 1 gallon of gas in it so I could make it home. I lived 14 miles from the dealership. Drove home, picked a couple buddies up, went to a local hamburger joint called Chuck-A-Burger ( McDonalds hat not been heard of). Drove around alot with the nice sunroof open and the A.M. radion blaring. Stopped in a gas stationand after the attendant, that's righ - attendant, filled the tank, cleaned the windshield, checked oil and tire pressure, finally was finished, I gave him a $5.00 bill and he gave me a $1.00 bill and some change from his change dispenser on his belt. I went in the service later that year and 4 years later when I came home from overseas, I went to work at that same dealership as a VW mechanic making an incredible $3.12 per hour. I thought that I had found the mother lode, died and went to heaven. I didn't know what to do with all of that unexpected wealth.

Yes, $3.12 per hour in 1969 was good money. In 1969, I was living in Pittsburgh, Pa. making $2.80 per hour working 50 hrs a week. I lived 2 doors from the VW dealership. In June, I walked over the dealership and bought a new 69 for $1868 drive away price, and that included the better interior, Chrome gravel guards, Radio, plate, taxes, etc. I walked home and about 2 hrs later they parked the VW in my driveway. I put 76K miles on it in 18 months. At that time gas at the local station was $0.24.9 Cents a gallon.
So for a hours pay @ $2.80 per hour, I could buy 11.2 gals of gasoline. So today with gas at 3.60 per gallon, I would have to be making $40.32 per hour for the same buying power for gas as in 1969. That is one of the reasons I tell my grandchildren that I had it a lot easier than they are having. BtW- My rent was $67.00 a month with all utilities paid except for electric. Pop
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Old January 29th, 2013, 05:32 AM   #11
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Wow, I am old... when I was in the Navy (68-72) you could get gas for .23 a gallon (gasoline) I used to drive my new 70 bug from Long Beach to Sacramento for 10 bucks each way...filling in Fresno (half way)... used to drive it every weekend...
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POP, we ain't getting older, but wiser. Hell, I bought ammo the other day for my Ruger .357 and it cost me $23.00 for a box of 25 rounds. That breaks down to $.92 a round or $4.60 each time I load. Gotta make each shot count,right?
IF, you can find it. Ammo is stupid expensive now thanks to everyone hoarding it. I wanted to run a few rounds through my AR the other day, so while I was in Dicks, I walked back to see what they had. No .22LR, and the only .223 they had was Hornaday at $29 a box. Two weeks before I bought Remington for $8 and gagged. Walmart had some .17hmr and a couple boxes of 22-250. The FLGS had nothing for anything.


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I'm glad that I stocked up on ammo for my build long before the rush. Can't even find any .22LR in these parts, a few 12,20 gage and thats it. Wish there was a mad rush to buy VW's . :) Pop



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