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#514616 - Mon Feb 17 2014 04:02 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: Big Block Cat]
Gasman84470 Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 13 2013
Loc: Calgary AB
Hey this gives us all cause for hope that we can find the mother lode. That combined with a little luck and 20 years of perseverance, you too can get lucky! Thanks for letting us see the trip and the discoveries.


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#514623 - Mon Feb 17 2014 04:29 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: Gasman84470]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Thanks for the images, Kevin... And bringing back,some similar memories...

When I started in the Hobby, most every Bulk Plant (most every medium sized and above Community had such a Plant) had such a "grave yard"... The difference of course was, there were very few "modern Pumps" and instead there was an abundance of "Clock-faced" and early Computers..... With some visibles that were finally being upgraded...

All too often such 'yards... Were used a fill materials in the "New" Stations of the 1960s and early 70s... Before the "Gas Shortage"...

If only we had had a "crystal ball" that would tell us how much this Hobby, would explode in popularity.....
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#514636 - Mon Feb 17 2014 05:02 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: Bob Richards]
philmccauley Offline
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Registered: Thu Jul 26 2001
Loc: Bardstown, KY USA
Thanks to all involved. Especially thanks to Kevin for taking the time to post the pics
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Thanks, Phil
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Looking for any old pumps, or nice 5 gallon cans.

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#514650 - Mon Feb 17 2014 05:22 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: philmccauley]
Ed Steagall Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Jan 07 2007
Loc: Tucson, Az. USA
wink Thanks for the pictures and the monolog on the trip. My favorite part was digging up the 6 foot TEXACO Signs, as if they were Potatoes! They all looked in very good condition. These stories are always more interesting when you know the players. I'm sure it was backbreaking work, but enjoyable with good friends! Kudos!
Ed. grin

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#514653 - Mon Feb 17 2014 05:37 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: Ed Steagall]
danlap99 Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Jan 21 2002
Loc: Easley,SC USA
AWESOME!!!! AWESOME!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!


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#514678 - Mon Feb 17 2014 06:53 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: danlap99]
rustynuts Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Aug 26 2012
Loc: NY
Wow! Thanks for sharing Kevin! I've read & heard stories of bulk plant clean outs. Now I understand. Are you sure you guys checked the ground real good?lol

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#514691 - Mon Feb 17 2014 07:38 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: danlap99]
tbuckles Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Wed Sep 10 2003
Loc: Carthage, IN USA
Now I am sure some of you local Oldgassers that knew of this place will want to know how I found it, how long ago and how I got it bought.

The year was either 1993 or early 1994. My "wife to be" at the time and I were on a road trip down the coast and all the back roads I could take seeing the sights and of course I was checking out bulk plants. I ask Janet the other day what year she thought it was that we stopped there for the first time. She said if you will remember we stayed with my aunt in Eden NC and she made us sleep in separate rooms because we were not married yet...LOL, so that pins the years down fairly close since we married in 1994.

Of course they were not interested in selling. The one thing I told them was "it's your stuff, if you don't want to sell then keep it, it's yours to do as you please" They seemed to appreciate that because some people would get pushy or upset that they said no. They always said they appreciated my attitude. Over the years I would always call at least twice a year just to remind them that I was still interested in buying it all. On many calls I would not even ask if they wanted to sell yet. It got to the point that when I called they would call my kids by name and ask how they were doing, our daughter went to school at UNC.

So I just gave away my trade secrets (not all of them), be nice/respectful and be really, really, patient....good things come to those who wait...or something like that.

I finally got a call last October that they were interested in selling, I about died. They had other people that they promised to give them a shot at it so I had to wait till all the others were in and done. I was the first one to make an offer (usually not the best plan but...) and the rest is history.

I have to thank John and Kevin for their help, they are some of the best friends you could have!

Now on to the next haul...............There's more, I don't know when but I know where.....

Tom.
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#514694 - Mon Feb 17 2014 07:42 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: tbuckles]
gasmelincelr Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Sep 10 2001
Loc: Mass.
Congratulations on the purchase. That is the haul of a lifetime.

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#514698 - Mon Feb 17 2014 07:51 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: gasmelincelr]
philmccauley Offline
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Registered: Thu Jul 26 2001
Loc: Bardstown, KY USA
Great story Tom. I know of a bulk plant about an hour from me that has about 100 electrics and 20 visibles. I do the same with them and hope one day patience does pay off.
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#514700 - Mon Feb 17 2014 07:54 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: gasmelincelr]
Gas globe guy Offline
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Registered: Sat Mar 24 2012
Loc: MI
AWESOME!!! I bet your guys jaws dropped when you were finding all of those pump, signs, and the box of NOS gill lenses!! Looks like you guys are set for life on Texaco stuff!!
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#514704 - Mon Feb 17 2014 08:06 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: Gas globe guy]
JUNK KING Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Thu Feb 14 2013
Loc: Oklahoma
That's the coolest thing I've seen posted since I joined. The kind of find we all dream of. Congratulations guys.
Thanks for the narrative and the great pictures.
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Always looking for neon signs and skins , Flying A ,& Wayne 60s.

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#514709 - Mon Feb 17 2014 08:18 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: JUNK KING]
bsplichal95 Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Sat May 26 2012
Loc: Hays, Kansas
Oh my….very sweet things! It's great to know that it is still out there in BULK! I know of a bunch of stuff in one area to. Thank you to Kevin for the pictures. Great stuff you guys!!
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#514712 - Mon Feb 17 2014 08:26 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: JUNK KING]
Cold Pizza Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Tue May 17 2005
Loc: Illinois
..boy that Exxon Bennett Double is really growing on me.

Remember Tom,"it's your stuff,if you don't want to sell,then keep it,it's yours to do as you please"...and I look forward to seeing you twice this year @ Peotone like always. smile
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Collecting Vintage Sunoco

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#514724 - Mon Feb 17 2014 08:53 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: Cold Pizza]
katfsh Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Jun 10 2012
Loc: Mississippi
Great story.It seems to me John will be the winner in all this.All he has to do is wait a while to split the haul and the the other two Amigos will be too old to fight over it! Thanks for sharing with us.

Shorty
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Always looking for Mississippi company items, Billups, southland, ride with rose.

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#514726 - Mon Feb 17 2014 08:57 PM Re: a Trip Back in Time [Re: katfsh]
DWSheffer Online   content
Veteran Member

Registered: Thu Sep 20 2007
Loc: Hillsdale, Michigan
Thanks for sharing guys.....it's neat to see pictures of settings like this before they are dismantled as you rarely see these types of finds anymore. I know I never have, nor will I more than likely.
Darin
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Darin Sheffer
Always looking for Mobil items I don't already have!

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