From Alaska to Vermont, thousands of independent gas station owners can't keep up with the price of gas. They know exactly what a gallon of gas or diesel should sell for, but it just won't register. Their old mechanical gas pumps, many of which date from the 1970s, can't display prices above $3.99 a gallon or record a total sale that's more than $99.99. With the regular price of gasoline in Connecticut averaging $4.05 a gallon Tuesday, that's a problem. But replacing one of the old mechanical pumps with a computerized model can cost more than $10,000. An alternative is to have the old mechanical price display rebuilt at a cost of about $600 to $800, said Gregory McGee, Northeast regional sales manager at PMP Corp.

The Avon company is one a handful of companies nationwide that remanufacture old-style mechanical pumps so they can display the current, skyrocketing fuel prices. Image: Courant.com

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