Now I just remembered about Lead Free American ( AMOCO) Premium gas that was special.
I did lubes and would do the occasional tire repair. I never got the hang of the tire machine enough to be "good" at it.Yup!
My Dad had an ESSO/EXXON station from '55-'79(retired) and I started working for him ~69-'70 pumping gas and changing, repairing tires and doing oil & filter changes. Later on Dad let me do more.
I distinctly remember real service stations with full serve where the employee who pumped the gas might also work in the garage. But I do remember the transition where there were more convenience stores and self-service became the norm. There was something bridging the gap though, as many pumps were still older mechanical ones that had to be reset with a key. Some were set up where the customer just pumped and the employee would collect the payment when done. That was mostly on the honor system too without any kind of prepayment or credit card authorization. During the early 80s they might have even trusted that a credit card payment would go through, but might go through a book of cancelled card numbers. And the days of carbon forms and the imprint slide machine. I'd get the receipt and the originals would go into a lockbox to be retrieved later.No. By the time I was old enough to work all the gas stations had turned into quickie marts.
Those were good days. I can't say I started work at a service station, it would have been pretty cool at the time but doing landscaping work and working at the local grocery store.Those first jobs built character. It is hard to see many kids today get motivated, put their phone down and go to work somewhere.Just curious.
My first job was was working at a Texaco station as a lube tech in 1976. I remember those old cardboard cans of Havoline very well. I'd leave school with the owners son in a 1968 Pontiac Firebird, stop by the house to change clothes, then work at the station until 7 PM. Just reminiscing.