Road to Ruscha map - Western Section
Road to Ruscha map - Los Angeles
Road to Ruscha map - "Texaco, Sunset Strip" [not]
Even so, the locating of the gasoline stations is still proving problematic. It looks like one of the towns featured in Ruscha's book has been completely demolished when you look on Google's satellite view, although there are still a few buildings left when you look on the earlier GSV, but none of them look like what I was expecting in Ludlow. Maybe that one has gone and can only be approximated? Others have gone, but there are still traces of what was before, the one on Sunset Strip being an example of this as the restaurant still remains and is easily identifiable, but it looks like the gas station is now outside dining. It's similar in other locations too, and I've only confirmed that they're what I believe they're meant to be using the backgrounds.
So far, I've located just over half of the sites, with a couple more that are possibles although I'm not completely certain it's the right place, and maybe I never will be. Having found the locations, I'm pseudo-photographing them; picking a location from GSV and composing what I want the shot to look like. Maybe they'll be similar to Ruscha's photograph, but I don't feel that is necessary (nor even possible in some instances). They'll be something I think suits my purposes. In terms of the aesthetics of the images though, I have done some manipulation. I've straightened things, removed excessive convergence that can occur with GSV, I'm not removing other GSV "features" though. I'm also converting them to a monochrome image, purely as a reference to the source material. I might change these choices before the end, we'll see how things go.
Anyway, here's the Texaco that I've been talking about as it was before and how it is now(ish).
Texaco location from GSV
(screen captured March 2015)
Texaco, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, CA [GSV Dec 2014]