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Retro petrol

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Where can you find a gas pump that reads 22 cents a gallon? In Tom Schilling's garage, right alongside 100 other vintage pumps and 1,000 antique signs. These museum-quality pieces salute the golden age of the automobile.

Tom's walls are filled with remnants of America's love affair with the open road. He has scoured the barns and back roads of the country in search of his petrol project. Most are restored to mint condition, but they don't arrive that way.

"They're a mess," he said.

Each pump comes with a history lesson, some of them painful, like a pump with a per-gallon price of 29 cents on it. Of course, that was then and this is now.

Tom still searches for more relics from the road. His garage is a testimony to an era, when the opened road beckoned and our pumps weren't primed by politics.

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