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Antique Car Collection Housed In Gas Station Replica
What better place to park your restored car collection than around a replica of a gas station that you worked at 65 years ago. That was Bob Buss’ thinking when he and his two sons and grandson built a 24 by 40-ft. gas station in the back yard of his Chippewa Falls, Wis., home.
“Cities Service Company was a big company back in its day,” recalls the 81-year-old, who worked part-time at “Larry’s” station in Chippewa Falls from 1953 to 1955. In 1964, Cities Service Company rebranded as CITGO.
Buss spent most of his career working for a tire company. After retirement he started restoring vehicles. Three are parked outside the replica station: a 1937 Chevy truck, a 1939 Plymouth and a 1940 Ford.
Buss had photos of the station where he worked and recreated it with a steel pole shed. To duplicate Cities Service’s signature stripes, he had three green strips of metal pop-riveted along the roofline.
The station includes a variety of memorabilia Buss collected over the years, including two restored gas pumps and a “Clean Restroom” sign outside. Inside there are oil cans, signs, a map holder, an old Coke machine, and green gas cans.
“It has an office in a corner, just like the station had,” Buss notes, and he displays a lot of his collection there.
Recent additions to the station include a wooden folding chair that sat in the office of the original Larry’s Cities Service station, given to Buss by Larry’s daughter. She also gave him a photo of herself when she was 4 years old sitting in the office in that chair.
Another woman from Le Sueur, Minn., whose father also had a Cities Service Station, learned of Buss’ collection and sent some unique items she had, thinking it would be a great place to showcase some of her father’s items.
Though everyone who’s seen it thinks the gas station is great, Buss figures it needs one more thing to complete it.
“I’m building a Cities Service wrecker, a 1950 Ford cabover to fit in with the service station,” Buss says.
He’s building it on a 1988 Ford chassis so he can drive it on the road if he wants to.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Buss, 10335 Co. Hwy. X, Chippewa Falls, Wis. 54729 (ph 715 723-2387).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2