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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by BobbyZ, Dec 29, 2013.
If you are still riding those today, you already have your man card.
^^ I haven't been on one of them critters in a few years, but it's like riding a bicycle. But my generator shovel still has a mouse trap, and no turn signals.
haha...!! I still use hand signals and have often thought that fewer than 5% of the people in front or behind me have any clue what I'm signaling.
One of my first vehicles I drove on the farm at thirteen or so, was an old 1950s split window mack tandem dump truck which had been modded for hauling manure and silage.
As I recall that thing had TWO stick shifts, one 1-5 and reverse, and another that went up 1-4 for in between each main gear. It took some learning, and a busy right hand and clutch foot. Thing needed to be parked on a hill at night for rolling starts in the morning.
looked something like this thing, about the same shape
it had a really great air horn
Learned to drive in a 1970 3/4 ton Chevy pickup with a SM465 tranny complete with granny gear. Got my license in my first car, a 1967 Mustang with a 3 on the floor I bought for $300. Second car was a 1970 Camaro with a LT1 motor and a Muncie 4 speed with Hurst linkage. Turned 12 sec 1/4s with that car. Yeah, I can drive a stick.
Never really cared about the part number of my car's transmission
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Who cares what the next gen does? I learned to shave with a straight razor, my son in law jokes about manscaping. It's a wide gap between generations.
When I was a kid, my dad let me shift for him. I was thrilled, and when I started driving all I had to do was figure out the clutch. Neither of my current cars have manual. I wish they did, but they were used and I was just looking for the best deal. To put my Explorer in 4WD, I have to reach under it and turn a knob on the transfer case-- does that count?
I can do it under the right conditions but I've seen what happens when you get it wrong - broken prop shaft and vehicle flung up over its nose. Don't try this at home.
Changing up is far less of a problem with syncromesh.
Either way you knock the stick into neutral and feel the gear notch into the next gear. A racing change should take 0.5 second, a conventional clutch change takes about 2 seconds. Race drivers rarely touch the clutch once they're moving, but then the box only has to last the length of the race.
Yes I can.
In Britain -- and most of Europe -- "stick shift" (or manual as we like to call it) is pretty much the only type of transmission that you'll come across. It performs better, is easier to drive once you learn how, and is cheaper.
Yep - lotsa old VW owners did this when that damned clutch cable would break. Pretty tough little starter motors in them things! Drove mine like that until I could afford the new cable. Still remember the fun of changing it.
ha! you too!! awesome!
here's the car I referenced I did it in... these photos are the original Polaroids from 1970.
Manual transmission is a given over here.
Nobody really drives an automatic unless some injury/disability forces them to over here...
We had an old Mercury 1/2 ton on the farm when I was a kid, learned to drive in it, had a floor lever about 3 feet long, 3 speed, no synchromesh,so I learned to double-clutch and match revs so I wouldn't need the clutch. Looked like this.
I had a Harley 45 with a tank shift too, for that matter.
My best friend was a senior in HS, I was a sophomore. He had a late 40'a panhead with a tank shift, foot clutch. I rode it a lot and the only thing I remember HATING was doing a quick left turn from a dead stop...
Laid it down in the middle of a highway once. It was very heavy...
I'm 37 years old. My first car was a '72 Beetle, so yes, I can drive stick (and that was not an easy car to learn on.) I can also change my own oil, change a tire, do basic repairs and maintenance around the house and set up my own guitars and own tools.
Okay, but can you ride a bike with no handlebars?
I can but I learned late, we only had slush boxes growing up, (it was a middle class status symbol in a small town) In fact my first car was a 1974 BMW 2002 "automatic" (proudly badged on the rear panel like it was a good thing.. >.<) bought from a local attorney.
I had a few friends show me the stick but no one ever explained the "feathering" technique used to get going in 1st. so I would always stall. I finally came across the proper method in a old AAA drivers ed book, and then fun began. an '83 320i, a GTI, and a few others. it's been a while since I had a stick, but I'm looking for one for a second car…