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Art Deco Gas Stations

by Flora2 Posted 9th Jun 2018 at 10:34 PM - Updated 19th Jun 2018 at 8:01 PM by Floraflora2
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
These small community lots are all disguised as gas stations from the pre-WW2 period, built in art deco style, and two of them are based on still existing filler stations in Texas and Pennsylvania. I built them for my vintage '40s savegame, so you can't find TV or any high-tech objects on them, but the interiors are all small, easily and quickly refurnishable, and also the lot assignment is very flexible, as well - either of them can be changed into some other type of store or service lot, depending on what you need in your town.

SouthWestern Gas and Cafe (20 x 25) - Local Watering Hole (LN bar)
Based on a real-life former gas station built in 1936, Shamrock, Texas, by the Route 66. Furnished as a small Late Night bar (my active sim needed a place where she can start to moonlight Mixology). Can be quickly refurnished into some other type of eatery. Jukebox and pinball (skee ball) machines.
Furnished: 76,979 - Unfurnished: 31,890

Scott's Garage (20 x 20) - Fire Station (AMB)
Based on the real-life still operating gas station in Bedford, Pennsylvania, built around 1933. Furnished as a functional fire station, with fire truck, two alarms, and some amenities to spend the time with (chin-up bar, mini fridge, bookcase, vinyl player). No beds, but toilets, shower and coffee. Easy to refurnish / re-set, but be careful when you touch the walls because the whole 1st floor is heightened by CFE (taller than default), so if you want to move the walls, they'll become distorted if you don't level them with CFE.
Furnished: 48,565 - Unfurnished: 25,262

Murphy's Motors (20 x 20) - Junkyard (AMB)
Influenced by an art deco station I saw in the LA Noire videogame (I haven't found the original real-life version). Decorated as Junkyard and metal scrap yard, with two piles of metal trash, two junkyard spawner, and a small office. Be warned, when you place the lot in your map, each time you rotate it, the spawners will duplicate, so after accepting the final position, it's advisable to open it in Build mode, enabling the "testingcheatsenabled true" and the "buydebug on' cheat and delete all those spawners that you don't need / too many. Don't forget to close the cheats.
Furnished: 35,364 - Unfurnished: 12,559

All of them have been playtested.
To look exactly like this in your game, you need for all the three lots:

- 1 piece of CC: BlooMbLURR' Vintage Gas pump, not included, can be downloaded from TSR TheSimsResource
However, if you already have a retro pump in your game, it's pointless to get this; just ignore this CC, delete the proxy object that the game replaces it with, and you can use your own gas pump.

- Roaring Heights (standard version) installed (plenty of stuff from RH on all lots!)

- EPs: World Adventures, Late Night, Ambitions, Generations, Showtime, Seasons, University Life, Island Paradise.
No Stuff Packs needed (Fast Lane Stuff is NOT used here!)

Lot Size: 20x20
Lot Price (furnished): 76,979
Lot Price (unfurnished): 31,890

Additional Credits:
- to Rockstar Games for the charming vintage gas stations art design in L.A. Noire

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3 World Adventures Ambitions Late Night Generations Showtime Seasons University Life Island Paradise
Built with Game Version: 1.67.2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Scott's Garage.rar

Size: 1.98 MB · Downloads: 2,356 · 9th Jun 2018
1.98 MB 2,356 9th Jun 2018
SouthWestern Gas and Cafe.rar

Size: 1.97 MB · Downloads: 2,659 · 9th Jun 2018
1.97 MB 2,659 9th Jun 2018
Murphy's Motors.rar

Size: 1.48 MB · Downloads: 2,417 · 9th Jun 2018
1.48 MB 2,417 9th Jun 2018
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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see Game Help:Installing TS3 Packswiki for a full, detailed step-by-step guide!
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#26 Old 3rd Dec 2018 at 5:12 AM Last edited by Mimi_Sardinia : 3rd Dec 2018 at 6:05 AM.
I haven't looked at it in-game yet, but I am, offhand, thinking that these could have rabbithole rugs put in them and be interesting surroundings for rabbitholes.

I am having trouble getting the SouthWestern Gas and Cafe to install.
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#27 Old 4th Dec 2018 at 4:49 PM
Originally Posted by Mimi_Sardinia
I haven't looked at it in-game yet, but I am, offhand, thinking that these could have rabbithole rugs put in them and be interesting surroundings for rabbitholes.

I am having trouble getting the SouthWestern Gas and Cafe to install.

Thank you for warning me about the installing issue, I very much appreciate your feedback!
Although you haven't specified what goes wrong during the process, or what the error message is, I checked the situation today. I discovered that yes, if I open the .rar file and double click on the sims3pack file, the installing process doesn't start automatically, as it does in case of the other sims3pack files (the other two lot uploads). Then I tried another way, I saved the Southwestern sims3pack file into the Downloads folder, opened the Launcher and I found the lot under the Downloads tab. I clicked on the Install button there, and now it has installed the lot instantly.
Of course, if you don't use the Launcher at all, and you have your own alternate methods to install a sims3pack, then the solution above won't satisfy you, but I tested it and it worked me through the Downloads folder / Launcher install today.
I don't know by the way, why the Southwestern file is different. I suspect for example that the game doesn't like the "é" letter in the name of a sims3pack file - next time I pay attention not to use it.
Test Subject
#28 Old 25th Aug 2019 at 8:18 PM
Absolutely brilliant!
Thanks for sharing
Test Subject
#29 Old 27th Dec 2019 at 3:34 PM
I'm a huge Route 66-type architecture fan, and the Southwestern Gas and Cafe is JUST what I need for my re-vamped Lucky Palms.
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