cost of oil and filter in 1978

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Yesterday while listening to an internet radio station playing a show from 1977 or 1978 I heard a commercial from the same year for some...lube place...I don't think it was one of the big 3 car dealerships and an oil and filter and lube was advertised for <span style='font-size: 14pt'>$8</span>.
 
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$20-25 for an oil change is cheap; One of the few shops I will take my car's too charges $30-35 minimum. I had the Windstar's oil changed during a trip to Michigan over Christmas, and it cost me $33. It was at one of the "drive-through" oil change places. I swear when they were done they had tried selling me a whole new van with all the parts they wanted to replace.
 
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I worked as a mech at an ARCO ststion in the late 70's. We did OC's at cost(Advertised $9.99-)to keep customers coming back. They knew the path to our store, so here they came for heavy maintenance.
 
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I can tell you that in 1958 an Ac PF1 oil filter cost a dollar, HD 10/30 Amaile (Witco chemical) oil in a 24 qt case (6 gallons) cost me $6.66 + .06 cents fed tax per gallon. Of course if you made $150.00 a week you had a pretty good job. You also had a bit to put away for a rainy day. kotzy
 
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I think then I was paying $5 for a PF 9 at the professional autoparts place. It was the only thing I could buy for my truck then. Later I could get them at K-Mart for $2 on sale.
 
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What?? I can still change my oil for $10 using Valvoline and Baldwin filter in my suburban...You just have to buy it on sale...never pay full retail....never....
 
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Used to love the feel and sound of sliding an oil spout into the old tin top cardboard oil cans. When did we go plastic, early eighties?
 
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those cardboard quarts bring back some memories!Remember the scene from"The Jerk".(Steve Martin).Those bullets going thru the old style oil cans!!!!!!!!Great movie.
 
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Just purchased 5qt.Penzoil and filter for 10 bucks (5 dollar rebate by mail) for my 1978 Chevy Van . I substituted 1 container of oil with a Rislone Compression additive . Still , 10 bucks saved and then spent on a 10 dollar additive ? I'll learn someday .
 
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My dad told me that during the 70s, M1 oil was $5/quart, so he bought 1 quart and used it in his Honda motorcycle, since the experiment wouldn't be too expensive. Interesting that even the fanciest M1 oil is not more than $8/quart despite all the inflation.
 
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