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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-03-2008, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Back in 1931 Cummins drove from coast to coast on a mear $11.22 in diesel. I saw this last night on Modern Marvals, I,ve seen this piticular one numorous time and don,t remember that tid bit, but I thought it would be cool to put it on here for all to see. Makes you sick when you go to gas station.

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that's two gallons
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But in 1931 $11.22 was a lot of money.

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True, I wonder what the equivalent to today's dollar would be compared to the pay back then.
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True, I wonder what the equivalent to today's dollar would be compared to the pay back then.
I'll take a stab at this as long as everyone understands my answer is going to be outrageously wrong. :)

Since we were still on the gold standard in 1931, I'll just compare the dollar of 1931 to the ounce of gold at that time, and the ounce of gold to the dollar of our time.

1931 1 ounce = $ 20.67
Today 1 ounce = $1,002.00

11.22 dollars divided by 20.67 dollars per ounce equals 0.54 ounces

0.54 times $1,002.00 equals $543,90.

Diesel is about $4.89 today, so that amount of money would only buy 111 gallons give or take. Assuming the trip was three thousand miles (remember the Interstate wasn't build at this time and roads were terrible), my figures would only be correct if the truck got 27 miles to the gallon. 9 or 10 is probably a better figure, and I'd suspect that to be high as well, so fuel would have had to cost 1/3 what it does today after adjusting for inflation.

So assuming they used 350 gallons of gas or diesel, that fuel would have cost roughly 3 cents a gallon, which sounds about right if you ask me.

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Yeah the boss and I were thinking around .10 to .11 a gallon. Chelsie L cummins I forgot his first name when I put that up at lunch time, . Also I thought the same thing, 11.22 would have been a lot of money in those days. I think the adverage was about 10.00 a week for a good job. I have a girl that boards her horse in our barn , her grampa said when he first started driving truck he bought diesel for about .13 a gallon. I have heard stories of people going to the station and filling up for 3.00 back in the forties.

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Nuts man, totally nuts.
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During the Depression gasoline usually sold for under ten cents a gallon and diesel was considerably cheaper. In fact diesel was rare, except directly from the refineries and in ports.

Clessie Cummins probably had to buy the diesel by the barrel from oil companies and ship it by rail to places he thought he's have to fuel up.

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We figured he had a large tank, but how large is a good question. They never said what it was he drove either, I guess I,ll have to do some research maybe. Its amazing how things can change in 80 years.


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We figured he had a large tank, but how large is a good question. They never said what it was he drove either, I guess I,ll have to do some research maybe. Its amazing how things can change in 80 years.


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