Back in the day, Where was the gas filler?

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Back in the day it was behind the plate. The prices were higher then.

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They were either on the quarter, behind the plate, in the bumper, in the tail light or under the front bonnet.
 

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Coronet is still behind the plate, but, she's not!!
 

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and pressurized by the spare tire?

Lol, that was the windshield washer that was pressurised by the spare tire.

Having the gas tank in the front of the car seemed a little scary but I never remember a explosion or fire when a beetle was in a head on, not saying it didn't happen. Now the Ford Pinto was a different situation when rear ended
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Lol, that was the windshield washer that was pressurised by the spare tire.

Having the gas tank in the front of the car seemed a little scary but I never remember a explosion or fire when a beetle was in a head on, not saying it didn't happen. Now the Ford Pinto was a different situation when rear ended View attachment 950724

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My early VW super beetle had a gasoline heater. WTF were they thinking? 440'
 

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Not all VW Bugs was down the hood. Laters were at a side on fender. I think since 68 or so.

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I'll tell you about something that was done with the Beetles back then that was quite scary. I'm thinking it was a aftermarket item and not done by VW but it was a heater, mounted under the dash that ran off the gas in the tank! I kid you not, twelve volt blower with a heat exchanger, using a spark plug to ignite it.
 

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My '63 Plymouth has the cap behind the license plate; not long ago finally used a wire tie to leash the gas cap, was always a concern where to set it while filling up or forgetting to put it back on.
 

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My old vette had the filler in the middle of the rear deck - what a pia that was to ensure not dripping gas on the paint from the nozzle to and fro.
 

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My old vette had the filler in the middle of the rear deck - what a pia that was to ensure not dripping gas on the paint from the nozzle to and fro.
I took a shop rag and cut a hole in the center for the Wife's. Nicely stored right inside the flap. Thanksfully she doesn't miss that plastic thing....
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Lol, that was the windshield washer that was pressurised by the spare tire.

Having the gas tank in the front of the car seemed a little scary but I never remember a explosion or fire when a beetle was in a head on, not saying it didn't happen. Now the Ford Pinto was a different situation when rear ended View attachment 950724

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The VW didn't go fast enough when it hit something to explode and the Pinto went too slow to get out of the way :lol:
 

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I worked in several gas stations in the early to mid seventies and helped with pumping gas when things got busy. Some cars became a scavenger hunt trying to find the cap. I only remember a couple of times having to ask the owner where it was and got a rude reply, like you would know where it was hidden. '50s and '60s autos were quite good at incorporating the filler in the chrome trim or tail light assembly.

The most fun we would have was watching the new guy trying to find the early VW gas filler.
 

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I took a shop rag and cut a hole in the center for the Wife's. Nicely stored right inside the flap. Thanksfully she doesn't miss that plastic thing....
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They would make me nervous when one pulled in for a fill up. I would always shake the nozzle out away from the car first, show that I cared and place a rag, then while filling try to listen for the tank getting full. All of this while the owner was watching over you!
 

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Of course the GTX was behind the plate and no I don’t ever remember an attendant looking like her. If they did I’d still be working as a pump jockey...
 
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