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just finishing up my 1915 shell gas station

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we just finished up my 1915 pre-fab  gas station  with pre-visable  Gilbert & Barker gas pumps . Also working on a 1913 standard gas station with island  pump cover will more of standard when finished . The windows came from old 100 year old building s that have been demo .

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Yes.....well done. I have never seen such an early station recreated. Ed

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Marathon Man:

 They look great! Now you have given me another reason to come down to Nashville for a visit. When we were there 2 years ago the Marathon Cars you have I could only peak at through the windows. We had to amuse ourselves at the "Pickers" Store.

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10 hours ago, Marathon Man said:

just finished up my 1915 pre-fab  gas station  with pre-visable  Gilbert & Barker gas pumps . Also working on a 1913 standard gas station with island  pump cover

Nice Job!  Makes me want to bring my 13 & 15 Buicks for a photo...  Is this in Nashville?

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you would order your per-fab  by how many windows on the front are the sides . built my station off of this photo but smallest you could get in 1915.

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What a great project, I'll bet all your pre 1915 friends want to take pictures of their cars with your station. I just finished a 1925 era National Simplex, hand crank. When I started the restoration, I had no idea that my cylinder was brass, as yours are. Mine is covered by the "tins" so I didn't polish it as yours are. What are you using for your hose and where did you purchase it, if I may ask? I am using a white hose, that's ok, but I would like something that was correct in 1925.

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That is WAY cool.   I have a bunch of pumps, but never got so far as building a gas station.    It looks like the station is in the city.  I would fear vandals or a young man with a BB gun. 

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6 hours ago, 46 woodie said:

What a great project, I'll bet all your pre 1915 friends want to take pictures of their cars with your station. I just finished a 1925 era National Simplex, hand crank. When I started the restoration, I had no idea that my cylinder was brass, as yours are. Mine is covered by the "tins" so I didn't polish it as yours are. What are you using for your hose and where did you purchase it, if I may ask? I am using a white hose, that's ok, but I would like something that was correct in 1925.

 

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we purchased our hoses  new from scotty's  gas pump company and we stain the white hose and clear coat it to make it look old . good luck ! Thanks

 

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For comparison, a 1930 Shell gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Very cool! Is this at  your personal property or did you do it for a museum or something? I can't quite read the golf cart.

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I've never seen the Shell like that.

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I can think of a few, great 1915 vehicles that would look great parked at this station!!!

 

Congratulations on its completion. It's superb.

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11 hours ago, Frantz said:

Very cool! Is this at  your personal property or did you do it for a museum or something? I can't quite read the golf cart.

yes , I own a old car factory and did them in the parking lots .also restored over 100 antique machines hooked for 250 ft lineshaft  belted to the machines 28 gas pumps most are all pre-1914  in last two years . (marathon village .com)

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Eight Shell-shaped gas stations were originally built in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the late 1930's by Shell distributor Quality Oil Company.  The one remaining station survived through the 1980's before it fell into disrepair.  It was restored in the late 1990's by a state historic society, Preservation North Carolina.

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11 hours ago, Marathon Man said:

yes , I own a old car factory and did them in the parking lots .also restored over 100 antique machines hooked for 250 ft lineshaft  belted to the machines 28 gas pumps most are all pre-1914  in last two years . (marathon village .com)


I love it! We'll try to get down there at some point!

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Neat! There is a good chance we'll be driving through Nashville next spring, I've book marked your website as a place to visit on the way.

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Very cool construction. Hope it inspires others to do the same. As a child in the mid-1960s I spent many hours at my great Uncles' Sinclair Gas Station in Greenville SC. It was one of those 1930s gas stations with the 2-bay garage and a small office. The station had four gas pumps and a green dinosaur. Sadly, that gem was torn down in the 1970s to make room for some bland office building. 

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