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Model “A” Ford Refilled with STOPNOX at 17 Cents a Gallon

Today’s image of a 1930 Model “A” Ford coupe equipped with a winter front was taken in Hartford, Connecticut in 1931 while it was being refilled with STOPNOX gasoline costing 17 cents per gallon. The station had at least five double fuel pump units, and six motor oil tanks and pumps are visible in the photo including one on the far-left for dispensing “Amalie,” a motor oil made from Pennsylvania crude that is still in the market today.

Spark knock, pinging, and detonation have long been the bane of motorists and all describe a noise caused by erratic combustion of the air and fuel mix in an engine. STOPNOX and other brands of gasoline containing tetraethyllead were first introduced in the 1920s after the fuel additive that increases the octane rating was first used in racing cars. It allows for higher compression ratios to be used and in most cases eliminates spark knock. A number of other gasoline blends sold during the period contained the word nox or ethyl in the fuels brand name.

Tell us what you find of interest in the photograph courtesy of the Connecticut History Illustrated Archive.

20 responses to “Model “A” Ford Refilled with STOPNOX at 17 Cents a Gallon

  1. I can’t find this particular winterfront, but a company named Pines made self opening shutter system with a heat coil. There appears to be a bird stuck in the horn,,,

  2. I’m not too sure that’s “STOPNOX” going into the Ford. It’s coming from the left hand side of the double pump, I can’t read the lettering on the globe but it’s different from the “STOPNOX” globe.

  3. A pleasant reminder of the days when no one worried about fuel pump pressure. Barring debris in the fuel, gravity feed worked just fine.

  4. This car looks ‘chunkier’ or less graceful than what I normally see in a model A. The winter front contributes to that different appearance, and to me, so do the tires. They’re a wider tread than what I usually see. Maybe just me

  5. When the model A Horn says : ” AH ” Only, its usually time for lubricating the Motor’s front bearing SLOT with 2 drops of oil, then : 2 more drops o the rear bearing’s “oiling felt , then, (while the lid is off) “Back off” the adjusting screw enough notches to allow the Armature to: “Spool Up” – with No Load and No Sound . Then: With a #2 pencil eraser (Rubber Part) ! – “polish “the armature segments just until shiny !”. Look for Stuck or Worn brushes ! then , by gradually clicking the adjuster C.W, (in) and pushing the horn button a few times –” Click-Tune” for: ” Ah- OOO-Gah”! The horn’s dust screen will limit sound — if it has been excessively painted! About : Once per season , this will make your Ford’s Voice (’28 to ’32) be able to say “HELLO ” properly ! Note: Other “KLAXON” type horns — have different oiling & adjusting schemes ! but the results are the same! (From 1907 up ). Original Inventor: Charles Kettering . Edwin W.

  6. I do remember a station with 15 cent a gallon gas in Englewood, CO. in the 1950’s. It was self-serve, you put quarters in the pump. You could cruise into the early hours and refuel, no attendants needed.

    • I remember the pump on the West side of South Broadway. You pumped the gas up into the top glass, and then drained it into the tank being sure to drain the hose for the last little bit of gas.

      • Red, the station I’m referring to was on the east side of Broadway, south of the high school that became a junior high.

  7. Hey Dave, does anyone besides you read responses passed Friday? It would be nice to see some commentary and debate over some things. I don’t receive your blog until Saturday and never seem to get any rebuttle to my comments…….I’m pretty sure I don’t know more than most of your readers and would like to learn their insight on subjects that interest me. Then again, I may be a genius! Nah, I would have never worked on cars all my life if I was a genius………….or would I. Mmmm

    • Pete Holland, Some readers do read the comments but many don’t and go ahead and post what ever is on their mind.

      If you have not in the past ask questions and that may help?

      I read every comment before it gets posted and edit it if it needs it, and delete those from trolls that are up to no good.

      You can also stop by any day of the week as The Old Motor is published daly, not weekly.

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