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Have you ever driven a manual shift t...   The Social You: Interactive

Started Nov-21 by WALTER784; 444 views.
Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Nov-21

I learned on the farm truck.  But my funny story is when my first husband bought me a Corvette with a modified racing engine for a Christmas present. I hadn't driven a manual in 20 yrs.  He raced on weekends and had a good Chevy crew and said he'd teach me.  Took me to a huge country school parking lot.  A friend was *supposedly* there in his car to help.  Nope!  Jerk got out of the Vette, handed me the keys, walked around and got in his friends car and LEFT!  Did I mention it had snowed in Colorado, there was ice on the roads and Colorado is NOT FLAT!  Oh, and he is my EX husband and cell phones were not even in the planning stages!  

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From: Showtalk 

Nov-21

That’s diving off the deep end without a life jacket.

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Nov-21

Yes!  He had a cruel streak a mile wide.  Got even worse when he challenges me and a Vette owning CA PD officer to a ravce in the Colorado mtns...and we both beat him.  Hence the *ex* within a yr if the Vette purchase.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784 

Nov-21

Showtalk said...

Of course! Hasn’t everyone?

My youngest son got his license about 11 or 12 years ago. And a neighbor/friend of mine had a car that his daughter used to use but she moved out and didn't have a place to park her car so she left it at her dad's house. She said she didn't need it any more and he asked me if I was interested in buying it. It was a nice car... not really driven that much and he was only asking $500 for it... a real bargain price, but it was a manual shift transmission. I asked my son if he wanted that car and got a really surprising answer.

When he went to the driving school, they have two types of training, manual transmission and auto transmission. (I didn't even know they had a difference.) If you're approved for a manual transmission, you can drive an auto trans, but if you're only approved for an auto trans, you cannot drive a stick shift. And my son had the auto trans ONLY license you we passed on that car.

My dad had a Ford Bronco that had two shift gears on it. One was for 2 wheel, 4 wheel Hi and 4 wheel Lo. The other was your standard gear shift.

You would only use the 4 wheel Lo if you were riding sand dunes on the beach and 4 wheel Hi just wouldn't cut it or if you were pulling a big load (like towing a large Ford Mercury car with 4 people in it pulling a 24' camping trailer behind it up a steep hill that the Mercury just couldn't pull).

I also had a Ford Fairlane with a steering column mount shift too.

Showtalk said...

It’s not easy learning on hills.

Downhill is not so bad, it's the uphill climb where you have to stop at a stoplight or stop sign and then take off. You have to brake with your left foot and keep your right foot on the clutch (half clutched) and then move your right foot from the clutch to the gas just a split second before you took your left foot off of the brake.

FWIW

  • Edited November 21, 2021 10:32 pm  by  WALTER784
WALTER784

From: WALTER784 

Nov-21

CHUCKLE...

Corvette... wow... nice.

I bet you were totally pissed. But hey, it was an open/empty school parking lot so you had plenty of room to practice.

I bet you tore him a new one the next time you saw him! (* LOL *)

You don't want to be on ice without studless tires or chains... especially on hilly roads... which I think accounts for 95% or more of the roads in Colorado.

FWIW

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Nov-21

Oh do I remember the half clutch method.  Drag Racers used that years ago when my brother was racing.  The early Ford broncos s why Im a dodge truck fan!

very interesting on the two license information!  So a dual license wasn't available?

 

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Nov-21

I loved that car!  Major foot surgery put an end to it.  Young and dual income no kids.

I got to drive some fun cars in my 20s and have always loved a good car.  
 
Surprisingly the Vette was really good on icey roads...low to the ground and fabulous steering and turn ratio.  I never had chains on it but work to home was 5 miles of flat road.   

WALTER784

From: WALTER784 

Nov-21

I'd never heard about it before my son told me.

When my wife and I got our licenses, they didn't have the two types of licenses. So we can drive both standard and automatic, but the driving schools that offer the training charge more for the manual shift than the automatic shift.

And with exception of sports cars and large buses, dump trucks, etc., almost all cars and trucks sold on the market today are automatic transmission.

FWIW

WALTER784

From: WALTER784 

Nov-21

Well, Vettes have the super wide back tires which offers more traction... especially on snow/ice.

My grandfather was a Ford salesman and my father was a mechanic at Ford. So the only cars we had in our family were all Fords. My brother has a Boss 302 Mustang.

FWIW

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Nov-21

Manual shift can be more easily damaged (looking innocently at "stripped gear").  LOL I remember being at a stop sign on a decent hill and not getting the clutch/gas combo right and back sliding under the front end of an jacked up pickup.  No damage to either vehicle...not a scratch.  The guy behind me was so relieved.  So was I.  I still remember how proud I was when I learned to upshift!

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