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ROYC75
04-07-2005, 08:15 AM
The other thread got me to thinking about gas prices...... It's getting out of hands, but I was wondering what was the cheapest you recall when you 1st bought a tank of gas /or seeing the price of it.

For me, I bought it at 0.169 a gallon to mow yards as a kid.

My first tank of gas I bought in my car was 0.299

Far cry from todays market. :harumph:

KingPriest2
04-07-2005, 08:22 AM
Damn when was that in the depression?


NaI saw it for 69 cents back in the mid 90s. I also rem the late 80s it was around 82 cents. I just rem it being 99 cents all the time.

Saulbadguy
04-07-2005, 08:25 AM
about 99 cents when I started driving. Those were good prices.

redbrian
04-07-2005, 08:26 AM
The other thread got me to thinking about gas prices...... It's getting out of hands, but I was wondering what was the cheapest you recall when you 1st bought a tank of gas /or seeing the price of it.

For me, I bought it at 0.169 a gallon to mow yards as a kid.

My first tank of gas I bought in my car was 0.299

Far cry from todays market. :harumph:

And you could get a loaf of bread for a nickle. It's all relative, the price of gas has been lagging behind other goods for years.

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 08:34 AM
And you could get a loaf of bread for a nickle. It's all relative, the price of gas has been lagging behind other goods for years.

16.9 per gallon of gas, a hand full of bubble gum from the change back off a quarter, mow all day and make $ 30.00 .

Back then, we thought that was good.

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 08:36 AM
Damn when was that in the depression?



Nope ........... 1967

HemiEd
04-07-2005, 08:38 AM
From 1964 to 67 I worked at a high volume Vickers Station while in high school. We were always in a gas war with Hudson oil. It got down to $.17. We did not have sevens for both sides of our backlit sign so I made one out of cardboard. At night it looked like a one, so from a distance it looked like our price was .11. We had cars backed up for blocks, they would come in and pull back out when they saw it was .17 on the pump. Of course we washed the windows, vacuumed the car and checked the oil! :p

Dartgod
04-07-2005, 08:41 AM
I worked at a Zarda gas station in the late 70's and remember it around $.50 - $.59 a gallon.

Coach
04-07-2005, 08:42 AM
Damn when was that in the depression?


NaI saw it for 69 cents back in the mid 90s. I also rem the late 80s it was around 82 cents. I just rem it being 99 cents all the time.

Yeah, somewhere in 98-99 is where it was around the $.90 to $1.00 range.

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 08:43 AM
I worked at a Zarda gas station in the late 70's and remember it around $.50 - $.59 a gallon.

Heh, which one ? I use to deliver fresh eggs to the Zarda stores on a weekly delievery.

Frazod
04-07-2005, 08:43 AM
The lowest I can remember seeing it (assuming I didn't notice it when it was lower and I was really young) was about $.50 a gallon in the 70s.

The lowest I can remember paying was about $.75 a gallon back in the 90s, when I was in Kirksville for the weekend and all the gas stations were involved in a city-wide price war. That was awesome. It was about $.40 a gallon higher in every surrounding town.

It'll be $.75 a QUART soon enough. Goddamn Arabs. 4321

KChiefs1
04-07-2005, 08:45 AM
It was 16.9 when I started driving in the early '60's.

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 08:46 AM
The lowest I can remember seeing it (assuming I didn't notice it when it was lower and I was really young) was about $.50 a gallon in the 70s.

The lowest I can remember paying was about $.75 a gallon back in the 90s, when I was in Kirksville for the weekend and all the gas stations were involved in a city-wide price war. That was awesome. It was about $.40 a gallon higher in every surrounding town.

It'll be $.75 a QUART soon enough. Goddamn Arabs. 4321

In 1976 - 1977, I remember selling it at .35 a gallon at a truckstop just north of town. Diesel prices were lower at .25 a gallon.

JimNasium
04-07-2005, 08:47 AM
Let me tell you a little story about this time that I was huntin' for some food and up from the ground came a bubblin' crude.....

SCTrojan
04-07-2005, 08:48 AM
I'm fairly sure it was about 50-60 cents a gallon when I started driving. All I remember is that I drove a VW Bug and it took about five dollars to fill the tank when it was low.

HemiEd
04-07-2005, 08:49 AM
It'll be $.75 a QUART soon enough. Goddamn Arabs. 4321


The crazy thing about that is the fact that apparently there has been a larger oil reserve discovered in Canada. The implications are very disturbing similar, to the last I knew, capped natural gas reserve in Western Kansas. :cuss:

Amnorix
04-07-2005, 08:53 AM
I think I once bought at about $0.79 per gallon back in the late 90s or thereabouts. I definitely remember $0.83.

Dartgod
04-07-2005, 08:53 AM
Heh, which one ? I use to deliver fresh eggs to the Zarda stores on a weekly delievery.
Lee's Summit

Amnorix
04-07-2005, 08:54 AM
The crazy thing about that is the fact that apparently there has been a larger oil reserve discovered in Canada. The implications are very disturbing similar, to the last I knew, capped natural gas reserve in Western Kansas. :cuss:

IIRC the oil that is available from Canada is pretty hard to extract, and not the "good" kind. There's multiple kinds of oil, and the stuff from Canada is useable, but not great.

Again, strictly IIRC.

redbrian
04-07-2005, 08:58 AM
16.9 per gallon of gas, a hand full of bubble gum from the change back off a quarter, mow all day and make $ 30.00 .

Back then, we thought that was good.

My son now gets $35 for cutting one lawn, which takes about an hour to do and that includes trimming and cleaning the sidewalks.

StcChief
04-07-2005, 09:00 AM
$ 0.33 / gallon.

Grew up in back of 1959 VW bug that got 33 mpg.

lakeman
04-07-2005, 09:03 AM
When I first started driving in '62 gas was .19 a gallon. My car was a '51 Plymouth convertible which cost me $4 or $5 bucks a week to keep in gas. I was driving the wheels off of that car and I made 50 cent an hour working at the grocery store so I had money to burn.

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 09:12 AM
Lee's Summit

What year ? Ever remember a Blue Ford F-700 with a 15' Box Bed pull in and deliever eggs ?

If so, it was either me or my best fried at the time delivering eggs.


We had all the Zarda stores on our runs and switched off from time to time.

Dartgod
04-07-2005, 09:15 AM
What year ? Ever remember a Blue Ford F-700 with a 15' Box Bed pull in and deliever eggs ?

If so, it was either me or my best fried at the time delivering eggs.


We had all the Zarda stores on our runs and switched off from time to time.
Hell I don't know, I was doing a lot of drugs back then. I would guess somewhere around '77-'78.

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 09:18 AM
My son now gets $35 for cutting one lawn, which takes about an hour to do and that includes trimming and cleaning the sidewalks.

No kidding..... my brother and I had about 30 yards we mowed every year. In the summertime, we would drive around town from yard to yard on our bicyles, pulling a lawnmower. We would do 6 - 8 yards per day and split the money.

After all, we had gocarts, mini bikes, small motorcycles, stuff like that we had to pay our dad back for purchasing them.

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 09:20 AM
Hell I don't know, I was doing a lot of drugs back then. I would guess somewhere around '77-'78.


I would say it a good bet we probally laid eyeballs on each other a time or two and didn't know it.

dave0320
04-07-2005, 09:21 AM
I remember paying $.25/gal, and they gaue you S & H green stamps.

Dartgod
04-07-2005, 09:27 AM
I would say it a good bet we probally laid eyeballs on each other a time or two and didn't know it.
Now that I think about it, I do remember this big ugly goofball that used to come by selling something.

HemiEd
04-07-2005, 09:28 AM
IIRC the oil that is available from Canada is pretty hard to extract, and not the "good" kind. There's multiple kinds of oil, and the stuff from Canada is useable, but not great.

Again, strictly IIRC.


That is more detailed information than I had read earlier. It was kind of small print in one of my stock reports and I wondered why it was not headline news!
In the mid-80s, not sure if it is still true, the largest known natural gas reserve in the world was near Hugoton, Kansas. Some agreement had been signed to keep it capped for close to a 100 years IIRC. I would imagine that more recent developments may have caused that agreement to be discarded.

InChiefsHell
04-07-2005, 09:34 AM
They tax the piss out of gas here in NE, but I remember paying like .79 in 1987 when I was driving my mom's van around. Used to be able to fill that big bastard for less than 20.00...now I own a little Mazda pickup that costs me 30.00 to fill...sucks...

Before that I lived in Europe where it was the equivalent of about $5.00 a gallon. That's one of the reasons I don't bitch about it too much...

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 09:35 AM
Now that I think about it, I do remember this big ugly goofball that used to come by selling something.

4321 You must of been on drugs ! :D

Big as in tall and skinny, I bet I weighed 190, 195 # back then.

Skip Towne
04-07-2005, 09:38 AM
18.9 cents in 1971. This is all the n00bs fault. They have increased the demand causing high prices. Let's kill 'em all.

Braincase
04-07-2005, 10:03 AM
I think gas was at .699 when I bought my first tank at the ripe old age of 15.

HemiEd
04-07-2005, 10:07 AM
18.9 cents in 1971. This is all the n00bs fault. They have increased the demand causing high prices. Let's kill 'em all.


What I really miss is the ability to buy leaded Ethyl for these old muscle cars. 105 to 110 octane at the pump for a couple cents higher than regular.

JamSec128
04-07-2005, 10:16 AM
about .79-.89 cents I started driving in 93

Dartgod
04-07-2005, 10:21 AM
4321 You must of been on drugs ! :D

Big as in tall and skinny, I bet I weighed 190, 195 # back then.
I see you didn't dispute the ugly goofball part of it. :D

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 10:23 AM
I see you didn't dispute the ugly goofball part of it. :D


Dispute ? Hardly, I know when I'm whipped ! :D

Rain Man
04-07-2005, 10:28 AM
I started driving in 1979, and that was right when gas was pushing $1.00 a gallon. I think I bought it for less than a dollar.

However, at one point, two Rolla gas stations got into a price war, and at one point they briefly got down to somewhere around 52 to 55 cents per gallon. That is definitely the lowest I've ever seen.

Chiefs Pantalones
04-07-2005, 10:29 AM
The first part of 2000 it was 65 cents a gallon in Missouri.

Phobia
04-07-2005, 11:02 AM
The first part of 2000 it was 65 cents a gallon in Missouri.

Yeah - for about a 6 month period it was dirt cheap in Houston as well. I'm thinking 58 or 68 cents a gallon.

Chiefs Pantalones
04-07-2005, 11:06 AM
Yeah - for about a 6 month period it was dirt cheap in Houston as well. I'm thinking 58 or 68 cents a gallon.

That's the last time gas was pretty cheap.

It's just terrible now. :shake:

morphius
04-07-2005, 11:07 AM
I'm just going to be flipping pissed off when all the gas companies somehow come out of this with record profits...

Hog Rider
04-07-2005, 11:11 AM
Back in the early seventies I could get about 14 gallons for an hours work at union wages. Now I can get about 14 gallons for an hours work at union wages. Though I am now in a non-supervisory managment position at the same company. The salary is only slightly more.

WilliamTheIrish
04-07-2005, 11:16 AM
My Pop used to give us all nickels if we'd jump out and wash the windows before the attendant got there.
7 boys jumping of a Chrysler Imperial must have looked like a Chinese fire drill.

I remember it being 21.9 in 1969 at the Deep Rock station in Topeka. 29th and Fairlawn.

Michael Michigan
04-07-2005, 11:25 AM
64.9/ 68.9 in November 1978.

It was 28.9 when I was a kid and had to get gas for the farm. (1972?)

go bowe
04-07-2005, 11:59 AM
well, when i was a kid, they used to pay me to take the gas off their hands...

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 12:18 PM
I'm just going to be flipping pissed off when all the gas companies somehow come out of this with record profits...


Heh, Exon reported a net profit last quarter of 40 billion dollars...... That's last quarter. :shake:

Vegas_Dave
04-07-2005, 12:25 PM
When I started driving (in 1996), I was paying around .80 per gallon. Last night when I filled up, $2.51