Anyone Drive With a Suicide Knob?

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  1. Mjark

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    My grandfather had one. That's the last I remember seeing.
     
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    Guess I'm using it properly :D
     
  3. Alamo

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    Suicide knob, so that's what you call 'em.
    I'm not sure if the driver had one or .... is one.
    I sure offered him some :mad: ( and the other three that I only noticed later)
    he nearly drove over my foot with his car while we were playing guitar & singing outside the bar.
    not even a parking space but pedestrians walkway, anyway.
     
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    That sounds hazardous ... like a 1950's version of texting while driving ;)
     
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    going off the road at 8 mph, hah
     
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    We had a driver install one without permission on an 18 wheeler . The knob ruined the surface of the steering wheel .
    The company replaced the wheel and charged the driver for the cost .
     
  7. Chicago Matt

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    When I was a kid in the late 50's in Chicago, we called them "necker knobs". You could drive with your left hand and have your right arm around your gal at the same time. Still seems like a good idea to me. Of course, we never had seat belts either. ;)
     
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    Surprisingly enough, there appears to not be a band named "The Suicide Knobs"

    (dibs)
     
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    You don't need them with power steering!
     
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    I guess not. I'm plenty old enough to have had cars without power steering. My '72 Datsun 240 Z was one - no air conditioning, no power windows, not even an automatic choke. It was just a small, lightweight, bare bones car with a 6 in it. I bought it for a song in the mid 80's. It felt like driving a rocket sled. It only had a 3 speed, but you could take it up to 90mph in 2'nd... Sorry, I digress.:)
     
  11. blowtorch

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    Someone should come up with one of those "end-of-the-world"-sounding fuzzes, with a "suicide knob" on it

    Devi, Zachary, are you listening? :cool:
     
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    Who needs the knob? I just palm it.
     
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    We used to buy them at the Coast to Coast store and put them on the handlebars of our banana bikes, but I've never used one as an adult.
     
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    My '52 Chevy 3100 truck had one on, It's been in storage for years, hopefully will be running soon...

    I'll let ya know what I think!! ;)
     
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    I had one on my 60 Impala with a picture of a naked woman on it.
    Never used it for steering, just holding, and looking.
     
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    I've driven with a few suicidal knobs over the years, that's for sure....;)
     
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    Got 'em on the fork lift trucks at work.
     
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    My older brother had one in his '67 Pontiac LeMans - didn't have power steering. 326 (I think?) and Maroon with white convertible top. Coolest car ever.

    Once in awhile, my dad would drive it. What I remember most is riding with him and, during turns, would forget about the suicide knob and let the wheel go back to center by sliding through his hands. Those were the times when I learned my most effective and lasting cussing. Evidently, it hurt as the knob banged your hand.
     
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    "Speed Knobs" is what we called them.

    Good when you don't have power steering.

    Not good when your belly is close to the steering wheel.

    The geometry of today's smaller cars often makes them impractical.

    :)
     
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    Yep. My father taught me that you put your thumb on the outside of the steering wheel, not in the inside. That way, when the non-assisted car hit a bump and the wheel spun, you did not get your thumb broken by the steering wheel spoke. That was good advice for farm equipment as well! I only drove a handful of cars without power steering, and that was in the early 80's. We had gravel roads that were not always smooth, so that turned out to be good advice.

    To this day, I still mostly drive with my thumbs on the outside, although I have been caving on that rule for the last decade or so. Old habits die hard.
     
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