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My last few trucks have been manual transmission. I worry that they are getting harder to find when I have to find a new (old) one.
Does a bear leave evidence in the woods?
I drove one for a few years about 20 years ago. I guess I could sort of do it now...if I really had to.
Yep, my first car--a '64 Rambler--had a stick on the column. It was painted a drab olive green and didn't last very long. The transmission went out after a few months because I abused it.
I have a '57 Bel Air with a Muncie 4 speed. And I'm building a '57 Fairlane that will have a Borg Warner T10 behind a 292 Y-Block. Never cared for automatics in hot rods. But all our daily drivers have them. Too hard to use your cell phone and eat a taco with a manual tranny.
International tractor, "M" or "H" model, I was six. Actually I drove it in first gear all the way home by myself, but did learn to shift it a few years later. Is that child abuse?
Later we got a newer tractor that you could slam into torque amplifier in 5th gear and get it up to 25 mph. Made a whole lot of noise.
I've had a number of five on the floor, but with 4-cylinders. Pretty wimpy.
ford tractor and 3 speed on floor '49 pick up
Yep. I do prefer automatics, but in case of emergency, I think it's good to be able to drive either.
I learned on my dad's Ford Pinto, perfected my skills on a 1970 BMW 2002, and stayed with sticks 'till I bought a '93 Subaru and simply couldn't find one with a stick. I've even shifted gears with both hands, having put a thousand miles or so on a right hand drive in England.
For that matter it has gotten so a lot of cars can't be had with transmissions which will allow you to shift for yourself. It seems like you can only get a manual transmission if you special order the car except for the very cheapest models. . .
Never bought anything other than a manual, Except for a beater truck.
I have always maintained that a standard without cruise control will produce a safer driver, especially on the highway.
1966 VW bug. Still have that car.
Cars with stick shifts burn less gas. I learned to drive on a car with a stick - was living in South America at the time - And I miss it when I rent
All the vehicles in our family are sticks. It's what I learned on and what I've always felt most comfortable with. Yea, I'm getting old.
No, because I use the trailer brake on steep steep hills.
54 Chevy Bel Air. It was a monster. Belonged to my Grandfather who never drove a car with an automatic. Called them "sissy" cars. I was 12. I could barely see above the wheel and he C clamped blocks on the pedals so I could reach them. By age 13 he would let me drive him to the grocery store (about 2 miles).
I still do.
. and oh, look, another assumption that 99% of people who live here have never been anywhere else. yawn I guess I'm one of the 1 percent who can hold an 18 wheeler on a mountainside stop without using a parking brake.
I also had to learn in Drivers Ed. My instructor made me drive to downtown Lawrence where there's a stoplight at every intersection. I killed it the first two then started getting it after that. Also had the parallel parking lesson downtown. He had nerves of steel.
yup, back when I was 15, ole charliejohnson tooked me out in the 1961 Ford Galaxy with that three on the tree thing...that clutch got a work out that day. I probably got a new clutch two days later.
Advantage of a manual is not many people want to borrow the truck as much.
Wow, people that live in the middle of a cornfield can drive cars with manual transmissions. Try doing it in the Ozarks where the stop signs make you stop on 20 degree slopes. Add a car 5 feet behind you for grins. I'm thinking 99% of you would fail that test without resorting to lame tricks like using the parking brake.
After I learned on the 3-on-the-tree in driver's ed way back in the day, I didn't drive another manual transmission vehicle until I bought me a pretty little Toyota pickup brand new in 1983. Then I sort of had to learn it all over again. The stoplights on some of the hills in Topeka were a real challenge. My friend told me I should put a sign on the back of the truck that said, "Warning, I roll backwards." Not half wrong...:D
Oh yeah,,, a 55 chevy raked on the front..taken to sock hops( rock and roll) on Fri.and Sat.
I was only allowed to test for my first license on a manual. My dad later told me that he had planned ahead and bought one just for that reason. I can't thank him enough to this day, because once you learn you never forget. I believe it is a valuable skill that every driver should have, even if you never intend to own one yourself (which I have ever since).
yes. learned to drive on my VW Bug.
Aryton Senna knew how to drive a "stick shift". Watch his right hand, it's as quick as it gets. Can't take your eyes off the road though...
Formula 1 - 1990 - Ayrton Senna Pole Lap Onboard - Jerez
1960 ford flat 6, H column white pickup with a camper. Seat recovered in the material from my drapes from my bedroom window. Its name was Jennie, I miss it. silly me, just remembering,
Stupid to sell it at 210,000 miles. Nice question.
My Dad taught me to drive his '54 Chevy pickup. I didn't drive an automatic until driver's ed. Still have a truck with 4 on the floor.
Learned on an old 5 speed VW Beetle. Through high school and college drove a manual Audi 90cs, Camaro RS, and VW Jetta GLI (which belonged to friends) and then my last manual car was a Volvo 740 GLE with the M47 sport 5 speed gearbox. My favorite manual tranny was on a friend's early 60s Mercedes 280SL; the shift pattern was in the shape of an M.
I learned to drive a motorcycle in 6th grade, which taught me the concept of clutching and shifting.
By the time I was of legal driving age, I'd driven manual transmission cars already (making the jump to clutching and shifting in a car from doing so on a motorcycle was easy) and at any rate they only had automatics in Driver's Ed, so I was just going through the motions to get my permit ASAP.
I like both automatics and sticks - they each have their pros and cons. I kind of like the newer transmissions that you can switch back and forth between auto and "manual", but it's not really a manual transmission and doesn't drive like one, so it's a half-hearted like.
Yes, drive a stick shift according to the laws of the road.
A friend tried to teach me once in the parking lot of the Walmart in Hays, Ks. It was not a success.
“The car practically drives itself.”
from the movie: 'Portrait in Black' (1960)
Wow! Used to drag race with mom's '52 Chevy. It's a wonder we didn't drop the tranny. Three speeds...
Learned with four-on-the-floor.
Later detested a girlfriend's three-on-the-tree (Malibu).
Nothing compares to the stairs underfoot.
Does a motorcycle count?
i learned how to drive in a '47 willys jeep with a floor starter button&of course manual tranny...my daddy had it around for kicks. i'm laughing at the implication that you have to be "old" to be able to drive a stick?? wtf? the very first brand spankin' new car i ever was able to buy completely on my own (lol late bloomer i was fully grown&so were my kids!) I specifically chose a stick shift-it was an '02 vehicle! all my daughters are skilled at driving a manual transmission vehicle too. and they aren't "old". sheesh.
Learned in an old '69 Chevy truck with a four speed, no power steering or brakes. Have had several smaller cars that had a 5-speed. I wished the car I have now offered a manual tranny.
When I was a young pup, I took driver's ed here is Lawrence, so I could get my learner's permit. One day was devoted to stick shift. I spent approximately 5 minutes behind the wheel of a stick shift car and my instructor told me that I should never drive stick. I guess I took it to heart. The hubby really wants to teach me...but I'm hesitant. I guess I need to get over it.
I learned in a '70 Chevy pick up with a 4 speed, and no power steering or brakes. Dad figured if we kids could learn to drive it we'd be Ok in most anything.
Buy your kid an old police car to drive. They are pretty safe, and it will teach him or her a lot learning to drive with rear wheel drive.
63 Ford Galaxie custom with a 6-banger and a three speed...which I put in the ditch.
But the vehicle that really taught me to drive was a "42 Chevy 2-ton truck.
You had to double clutch this baby. I actually used to drive this thing for transportation.
Amazingly enough, it didn't use a lot of gas.
Come harvest time, I had to drive it loaded with grain to town. Load that thing with grain, and forget about using the brake much... the brakes were ineffective with a load. That will put the fear of God in a 16 year old.
'71 International 4x longbed, '74 and '75 VW Vans/buses, '72 Capri and dozens of various vehicles at an auto auction one Summer long ago.
Learned to drive in a 52 Plymouth Cranbrook with a three on the tree. My last manual trans car was a 91 SHO Taurus. That was one of the ones with a Yamaha V-6 and a 5 speed manual. Happy happy joy joy on twisty roads.
Learned on a three on the tree 63 Ford Falcon. Ya this question makes me feel old :)
Every vehicle I've had in the last 30 years has been manual transmission. When I get in a vehicle with automatic transmission I keep hitting the break for the first ten minutes because I'm still unconsciously trying to push in the clutch to shift gears.
Yes and can double-clutch when driving a vehicle with a non-syncho gearbox.
Just of the wrong age. Kinda interested in learning some day (it's a secret shame that I can't). But, my folks only had automatics by the time I was learning to drive. The friends I've had with sticks always said, "um, I'd love to teach you, but I don't want to ruin my clutch". So, the opportunity simply hasn't been there.
Learned on my dad's '71 GMC 4wd. My first three vehicles were older late 60's/early 70's Ford pick-ups with "3 on the tree"-----a 3-speed on the column. I always enjoyed driving those---my last one, a '70 model had a V8 and you could rap those dual exhaust out real nice in second gear up to about 45 mph. Let's not talk about my driving record back then. Wow!
Of course doesn't everybody? Out of dozen or so vehicles I've owned only 2 have been automatic.
I drive one every day. Driving an automatic isn't really driving...it's just aiming.
of course not
3,4,5 and 6 speed manual in cars. 6,9,10,13,16 and 20 in trucks. 3,4,5 and 6 on farm equipment. Antique road grader. And a "Cross drive" tranny in a Sherman tank once, belonged to a friend.
learned on a three on the tree, does that make me old?
I answered yes. Does this make me old?
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