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Anybody else in here don't know how to drive stick?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by sierrafast, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. sierrafast

    sierrafast Coleccionista

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    I was drinking with a group of friends last night and the topic came up again. Turns out I was the only one in the group who didn't know. For sone reason I have never been interested in stick or had the opportunity to learn. Anybody here in the same boat?
     
  2. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    First car I learned to drive was stick. We had an automatic too, but Dad wanted me to learn the stick.
     
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  3. Viper16

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    Thank goodness I knew stick...my boss had a Porsche 911 in the shop and he needed someone in the office who knew how to drive stick to drive his OTHER Porsche 911 while he picked that one up. I grinned from cheek to cheek that day, as I drove his car back to his house.
     
  4. hammerkill

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    My first stick shift was 3 on the tree. No synchronizers on first gear.
     
  5. aircarver

    aircarver Descent Terminated Silver Member

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    Likewise... I figure I did enough shifting for several lifetimes on that car .....:supergrin:

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  6. Al Czervik

    Al Czervik

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    I grew up on a ranch. All we had were sticks. So, yes, since before I started Kindergarten. Had my first MVA at 6.
     
  7. devildog2067

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    How can you not be interested in learning?
     
  8. mymini40

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    Nope. Youre the only one. Sorry.
     
  9. racer11

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    My dad taught me to drive on country roads when I was around 8 and he told me that if I did not learn how to drive a stick he would beat my butt with a stick. I picked up the skill really quick and was soon driving on pavement roads.
     
  10. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    Those were fun weren't they. :supergrin:
     
  11. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

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    This was as predictable as sunrise in the morning. :upeyes:
     
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    23skidoo Deceased

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    There are many like my sister I'm afraid. She can "drive a standard" but cannot for the life of her do it smoothly. Cannot start out on even a gentle uphill slope without using the emergency brake to hold it; thinks even if the car is sloping down hill it must be in first gear when starting from a stop, revs the engine well past the torque curve before shifting and various other transgressions. One couple told her after a short ride that riding in a car driven by her "Was like being in a video game!" It was not intended as a compliment.
     
  13. Algaroth

    Algaroth GADM \m/

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    You're probably in a very small minority. I honed my manual skills in an '85 Mazda GLC for a few months, and then had to sell it (emissions problems). Then I bought a '97 Nissan truck, 5-speed, and been driving it since. That was 9 years ago. I bought it my senior year in high school.

    It's still on the original clutch, to boot.

    I definitely prefer a manual over an automatic. My wife's Vibe is an automatic though, unfortunately, but oh well.
     
  14. Spiffums

    Spiffums I.C.P.

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    Do you want a car you DRIVE or just Steer? I learned really young about manual transmissions. One of the perks of growing up on a farm. When the part of the test came to parallel park, the examiner asked if I knew how. I said yes I know how, I can also back up a 24 foot trailer into a loading chute want me to do that too?
     
  15. Mongosafari

    Mongosafari El diablo verde

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    Back in '78 my first truck was a '61 Intl Harvester Scout (the first year it was a pickup-short cab and a bed) 3 speed stick (252 cu.in. slant 4), then an '82 GMC truck had the 3 speed column shift (250 cu.in. straight 6) and the next GMC truck extended cab/long bed had 5 on the floor (350 cu.in. V8) and now I own my first automatic transmission '06 GMC truck also extended cab/long bed (5.3 liter/327 V8).

    If you can drive a stick you can drive almost anything.

    The Scout had three sticks on the floor: "H" pattern 3 speed, 4WD-2WD and Low-High Range. I'd love to have that old truck back.
     
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    All three of my wives knew how to drive stick, before I met them.:rofl:
     
  17. mknpwr

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    Learned on a stick at 11 or 12. Dad taught all 4 kids on a manual and we all took the drivers test with the same car. Spent a few years driving tractor trailer doing heavy haul cross country. 18 speeds with 210,000lbs, 3 pivoit points and a mountain is no joke.

    Sent from my rotary dial phone
     
  18. longhair

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    Growing up with tractors, I knew about clutches by the age of 5. Driving a stick shift was no problem after that.
     
  19. GLOCK17DB9

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    I learned to drive on a three on the tree. Only problem was it tended to get hung up between 2nd and 3rd sometimes requiring me to pull over open the hood and unstick linkage asm.:supergrin:
     
  20. BEANCOUNTER

    BEANCOUNTER Millennium Member

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    With the A/T do you find yourself mentally keeping track of what gear it's in? Or timing traffic lights so you don't have to downshift or stop? Or pushing in on a clutch that isn't there when coming to a stop?

    I recently had a Nissan Altima loaner with a CVT. Good transmission but I missed not knowing what gear I was in.
     
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