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Aug 11, 2018 16:54 |  #451

Never owned a car with an automatic, only my motorhome had one.

Driving the freeways in Southern California is the only time I ever thought I might prefer an automatic transmission, too much stop and go.




  
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Aug 12, 2018 12:53 |  #452

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You beat me to it! I used to heel-and-toe my Alfa GTV all the time.

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Yes, but it we (no Alfa for me just an AH Sprite as my training wheels) had to think about it that wonderful momentum was lost. I still think it's flat amazing how hands and feet seem to learn precise skills well enough that the brain seems just sit back and let it happen.


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Aug 12, 2018 13:29 |  #453

I had a '59 Bugeye Sprite in the late '60s. Former race car. Tuned engine until it blew itself all over the freeway. Always something breaking - broke an axle one day on the way home from school so I parked it on the street, came back the next day with a "new" one from the junkyard and installed it while sitting on the curb.

Just another Sprite story...

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Aug 12, 2018 16:04 |  #454

number six wrote in post #18682812 (external link)
I had a '59 Bugeye Sprite in the late '60s. Former race car. Tuned engine until it blew itself all over the freeway. Always something breaking - broke an axle one day on the way home from school so I parked it on the street, came back the next day with a "new" one from the junkyard and installed it while sitting on the curb.

Just another Sprite story...

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Mention of a Bugeye works very well along with the "piddle of the carpet" results of your visit from the title fairy. :lol:


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Aug 12, 2018 20:05 |  #455

I've finally convinced my sister and her husband to clear out the stuff they left behind when they moved out of the house here (before they were married). We cleared a bunch of stuff out of a room downstairs, sent a bunch of useless/unwanted stuff to the dump. As we neared the end of the junk, I realized that we could see the carpet! And I got the brilliant idea to take up the carpet, and the linoleum underneath it. That poor carpet, installing in 1971, had been assaulted by the 8 week old Golden Retriever that my sister had gotten. It was time to go.


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Aug 13, 2018 08:31 |  #456

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Aug 13, 2018 11:23 |  #457

Hey, my middle-aged house-mistress has been in the habit of watching Perry Mason every morning, and a house-mate enjoys "Murder She Wrote", xo I find myself viewing old B& W stuff a lot!:)

And then I myself find old music from the "old days" floatng through my head, and I'll just go to the YouTube rendition and enjoy! :)


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Aug 13, 2018 13:44 |  #458

Jill-of-all-Trades wrote in post #18683019 (external link)
I've finally convinced my sister and her husband to clear out the stuff they left behind when they moved out of the house here (before they were married). We cleared a bunch of stuff out of a room downstairs, sent a bunch of useless/unwanted stuff to the dump. As we neared the end of the junk, I realized that we could see the carpet! And I got the brilliant idea to take up the carpet, and the linoleum underneath it. That poor carpet, installing in 1971, had been assaulted by the 8 week old Golden Retriever that my sister had gotten. It was time to go.

I didn't do it! I wasn't even there!


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Aug 14, 2018 07:14 |  #459

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Hey, my middle-aged house-mistress has been in the habit of watching Perry Mason every morning, and a house-mate enjoys "Murder She Wrote", xo I find myself viewing old B& W stuff a lot!:)

And then I myself find old music from the "old days" floatng through my head, and I'll just go to the YouTube rendition and enjoy! :)

At my house Adam 12 and Emergency! Are very popular. Those old shows live on.


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Aug 14, 2018 14:27 |  #460

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So many people these days have no concept of how to drive a manual transmission, let alone have any idea about how/why/when to double clutch.

Sadly, the car makers now MAKE so many fewer cars with manual transmissions. You have a hard time buying a car with one unless you happen to buy the right model with the right engine and options. For example, where one could buy BMW in manual or auto tranny versions readily in the past, for recent years one can only buy a certain body type with a certain engine size (generally the premium versions, not the economy versions)

Then again, there are cars that are NOT STOLEN simply because the thief does not know how to drive a manual transmission!


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Aug 20, 2018 10:14 |  #461

Canonuser123 wrote in post #18682336 (external link)
Never owned a car with an automatic, only my motorhome had one.

Driving the freeways in Southern California is the only time I ever thought I might prefer an automatic transmission, too much stop and go.

I'm driving my first Automatic in decades, a Prius Prime,. and I love the auto in traffic, not to mention it will also do the driving and braking for me with cruise control set and the forward looking radar active. :)

Previous vehicles:
Tacoma 2007, standard 5 speed. 2006-2017
Corolla, standard 4 speed (1993?) 2004-2006
Saab 900 1986 standard 5 speed 2001-2004
Saab 900 1984 standard 5 speed 1996-2001
Honda Civic 1983 standard 4 speed 1993-1996
Dodge custom club Cab pickup, 383, 3 on the floor (my god what a terribly low gear ratio!)

Before that it was all big American muscle with 3 speed autos like the trorqueflight 727.

But I learned on Manual transmissions, the first being farm tractors, back hoes, and road graders :)


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Aug 20, 2018 14:08 |  #462

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18688290 (external link)
I'm driving my first Automatic in decades, a Prius Prime,. and I love the auto in traffic, not to mention it will also do the driving and braking for me with cruise control set and the forward looking radar active. :)

Previous vehicles:
Tacoma 2007, standard 5 speed. 2006-2017
Corolla, standard 4 speed (1993?) 2004-2006
Saab 900 1986 standard 5 speed 2001-2004
Saab 900 1984 standard 5 speed 1996-2001
Honda Civic 1983 standard 4 speed 1993-1996
Dodge custom club Cab pickup, 383, 3 on the floor (my god what a terribly low gear ratio!)

Before that it was all big American muscle with 3 speed autos like the trorqueflight 727.

But I learned on Manual transmissions, the first being farm tractors, back hoes, and road graders :)

I also learned on manual transmissions. My parents' '52 Chevrolet, and immediately after I got my license at 16 a '36 Harley Davidson. The Harley had a four speed *hand* shift and foot clutch.

Anyone else here ever ride a bike with hand shift?

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Aug 20, 2018 22:23 |  #463

I learned to "drive" in Dads Allis Chalmers 185 farm tractor. I was about 6 years old. The transmission was not synchronized, so there was no shifting. Initially, I was not heavy enough to put the clutch down, so Dad would have to put it in gear. But, it had a hand shift lever for high and low, with neutral in between. So it would sit in place, running, with the transmission in gear, but the range in neutral. I could just hand shift (no clutch needed) into low, accelerate, and then go straight from low to high. Essentially, I learned the basics of driving in a huge, but very slow vehicle. It topped out at 17 mph.

When I was 8 years old, in 1989, my uncle bought two new tractors. These tractors were quite the step up! Both had power steering and synchronized transmissions. The one with the cab even had air conditioning!!
First thing I was taught was how to shift on the fly. The really fun part of it all, was that both tractors were left hand shift. The gear shifter was down beside the seat, next to the drivers hip.
The cab-less tractor was the one that I used the most, I got to know it very well. I really learned things like down shifting and speed matching. However, the first time I went to drive a standard car, my hands were all messed up. I was used to steering with my right and shifting with my left.

The tractor that I had for snowplowing this past winter was a little more sophisticated. 24 speed transmission, with a foot clutch, an electronic clutch, and a shuttle valve. The plow was controlled with a joystick, which also had a transmission control on it.

I've only owned Chevy/GMC trucks with automatics.


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Sep 18, 2018 10:39 |  #464

Are you old enough to remember Adobe Photoshop 1.0 ? The release date was in 1990.

If you have a copy - with the box - the Computer History Museum would appreciate your donation.
Look at their wish list, it's at the top of the list...

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Sep 18, 2018 19:26 |  #465

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18710547 (external link)
Are you old enough to remember Adobe Photoshop 1.0 ? The release date was in 1990.

If you have a copy - with the box - the Computer History Museum would appreciate your donation.
Look at their wish list, it's at the top of the list...

http://www.computerhis​tory.org/artifactdonat​ion/ (external link)

That's because it starts with 'A'. :)


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