Building Your Own Gasoline Station (Apr, 1923)
Building Your Own Gasoline Station
By Fred T. Anderson
Gasoline can be obtained at the wholesale price only when a storage tank of 50 gals, capacity is available. With such a tank it is possible to buy directly from dealers at a cost usually about three cents a gallon less than the retail price. When a tank of this size, with the necessary fittings, is purchased, the cost is so great, however, that it uses up the saving in cost that will be made later. But a tank that will serve every purpose can be constructed cheaply.
The one illustrated can be built for about $10, including tank, pump, hose, and casing. A 50- or 55-gal. oil drum, which can be bought second hand for from $1 up, forms the tank. This is upended and a small retaining ridge of concrete put around it to hold it in place.
A cylindrical upper section with a conical cover is made from galvanized iron, riveted to the upper flange of the drum, which is provided with a hasp and padlock. A section of this upper casing is cut out and hinged to form a door. There is space in the hood for several gallons of lubricating oil.
The pump is of the type used for inflating tires, and it is used to force the gasoline from the tank by increasing the air pressure within it. The hose connects with a pipe line set into the tank with the lower end an inch or two above the bottom. The filling cap is fitted with a gasket to prevent any leakage of air. Several modifications of this method are possible, one of the best of which is to bury the tank outside the garage and run pipes for air and gas into a convenient corner of the garage. The problem can be adjusted to each individual requirement.