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#694795 - Mon Sep 18 2017 12:50 PM Restoring an old gas station
GHH Offline
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Registered: Sun Apr 10 2016
Loc: Charlotte NC
A friend of mine recently purchased this old gas station and wants to restore it. He has asked me to help so I thought I'd start by reaching out to the members of this forum and ask of any images you have of Sinclair stations from the 1920's-1930's. I have been told it was originally built as a Sinclair station and I believe this building was originally a white with dark green trim. Judging from the imprints in the concrete it had a round round visible in the center of the island under the porch roof. The sides of the island appear to have been modernized and I can see the square foot prints of newer pumps.
The sides still have insets for the round Sinclair signs, one still has its original light fixture.
I'd love to see other images for ideas on how to correctly restore this neat station.


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#694815 - Mon Sep 18 2017 05:55 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
Coops 427 Offline
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Registered: Thu Jun 19 2008
Loc: Kansas City, MO
Cool station. Try going on Google images or Pinterest for 1920's/1930's Sinclair stations. Keep us posted with progress pics.
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#694830 - Mon Sep 18 2017 07:48 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
eshaver Offline
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Registered: Mon Sep 29 2008
Loc: richmond , Virginia
OK, Sinclair unlike Esso Gulf and Chevron weren't too picky as to color schemes or details . I can scan in photos of old Sinclair stations and then too, a few were included in the book, Check the Oil by Scott Anderson that I was a major contributor to. I have many shots of Sinclair's from over the years and not having a specific set of guidelines , I really don't know what to scan into an E-mail to you . You can always E-mail me a artformsdesign@Yahoo.com
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#694852 - Mon Sep 18 2017 09:51 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
GHH Offline
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Registered: Sun Apr 10 2016
Loc: Charlotte NC
I have sent you an email regarding your pictures of the Sinclair station
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#694864 - Tue Sep 19 2017 07:10 AM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
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Registered: Fri Jul 01 2005
Loc: Raleigh, North Carolina
...you might check some old city directories at the library, to make sure it was in fact Sinclair...be a shame to spend all of that time and money, only to learn that the station was something else when built...should be easy enough in a large city like Charlotte to find a library with city directories...
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#694921 - Tue Sep 19 2017 06:41 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
tred Offline
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Registered: Sun May 07 2017
Loc: austin, tx
more!!! more!!!

i need my fix, please give us some updates...

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#694937 - Tue Sep 19 2017 10:33 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
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Registered: Fri Nov 10 2000
Loc: St. Louis, MO, USA
Recently a friend of mine asked me is I had any pictures of stations that were made by a certain company. So, I started scanning any picture that showed a station, I now have over 2200 pictures of stations. They cover the first off the street station that was here in St. Louis in 1908 to stations from 1970. I don't have the time to look for your station but if someone would be able to post the year this station was erected I might be able to ID it.

Jack Sim
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#694986 - Wed Sep 20 2017 05:00 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
GHH Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Apr 10 2016
Loc: Charlotte NC
I'll try to find the year out and post it
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#700154 - Fri Dec 08 2017 07:36 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
Mahyday Offline
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Registered: Mon Aug 29 2016
Loc: Missouri
Off the wall question. Can you provide the address of the station? Sometimes i've found old newspaper ads on Newspaper.com. You have to have a subscription to view it.

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#700161 - Fri Dec 08 2017 08:08 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
Corey1955 Offline
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Registered: Mon Oct 23 2017
Loc: Ohio, Merica
Don’t forget the picture thread here on this forum 118 pages ought to have at least one. I think your friend has one upped by restoring an entire station instead of a pump.

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#700204 - Sat Dec 09 2017 10:52 AM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
57-Chevy Online   content
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Registered: Fri Oct 13 2000
Loc: Locust, NC
Just saw this post, this is actually in my home town of Albemarle, NC. I am very familiar with this station. Let me do some digging, I probably have a copy of an original photo of this station.

If I don't have it here, I can definitely find out this coming week and provide a photo of the original station. My wife works with our local Albemarle historians wife.

Michael


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#700210 - Sat Dec 09 2017 12:15 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
Steven C. Offline
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
Loc: MICHIGAN
Wow!! Great looking station!! Good luck with the resto!!!
Can't wait to see pics!!!
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#700222 - Sat Dec 09 2017 02:34 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
Carolinatraveler Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 28 2008
Loc: Kernersville, NC
This is listed in Albemarle city directories as Bill's Sinclair Station as far back as 1947. Before that it was listed only as Bill's Service Station. The light fixtures were unique to Sinclair in the 1930s. This was a very non-standard type station for them, as most of their stations from the early 1930s forward were of their "castle" design, with terracotta tile elements at the roof line. Building would have been solid off-white with green trim. Since it is not a standardized design, there is no exact right or wrong way to restore this building. The photo below shows the standard design for Sinclair stations in the 1930s. You can see how it differs from the Albemarle location.


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Edited by Carolinatraveler (Sat Dec 09 2017 05:26 PM)
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#700223 - Sat Dec 09 2017 02:35 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
Carolinatraveler Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 28 2008
Loc: Kernersville, NC
The above was a 1930s Sinclair that Walt Wimer photographed in 1959.
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Petroleum Collectibles Monthly
Kernersville, NC

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#700246 - Sat Dec 09 2017 05:41 PM Re: Restoring an old gas station [Re: GHH]
57-Chevy Online   content
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Registered: Fri Oct 13 2000
Loc: Locust, NC
Thanks Wayne, there is a perfect example of the castle design station on Main St. in Albemarle. It is restored and is now the home of Stanly Motors. It is listed in numerous Stanly County historical books I have as being a Sinclair station.

I've went through all my books and none of them have this station in it. I've been told in the past that this was originally a Gulf station? However the design doesn't seem to be Gulf either. I'll find out for sure early next week.
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in thy presence is fulness of joy;
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