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Old 07-16-2014, 06:36 PM   #51
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I learnt to drive a 65 Custom 500 Ford with a 250 six and 3 on the tree. Every car and truck I owned up to my 69 Mach 1 428SCJ had a manual and all the cars I had while posted in Germany were stick cars. I can drive anything up to a semi as my BIL and I even owned a Freightliner with a 425 Cat and an 18 speed for a couple years. I just see no sense in people who do not know me or any of the other fine people on here and what and how they can drive think it necessary to put us down because we choose to drive a truck that makes our vacation commute a little nicer. I still love stick vehicles and will have another Mustang some day and I would be real happy if it was a 662hp Shelby GT500 convertible but I will never choose to own another stick truck. IMO the public spoke and Ford listened, Nuff said.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:25 PM   #52
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[QUOTE=OldCoot;659722]Learned on a 1941 Studebaker Commander that had what they called a "Hill holder" when I was 13. QUOTE]


So, if we take 1941 and subtract 13, we get 1928. That'll be the same year my Mimi was born!




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Old 07-16-2014, 08:36 PM   #53
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Learned on a 1941 Studebaker Commander that had what they called a "Hill holder" when I was 13. QUOTE]


So, if we take 1941 and subtract 13, we get 1928. That'll be the same year my Mimi was born!




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HEY now....picking on folks about age ain't funny.

But....getting old dang sure beats the alternative. I'm just sayin'.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:38 PM   #54
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HEY now....picking on folks about age ain't funny.

But....getting old dang sure beats the alternative. I'm just sayin'.

Not picking, just drawing a comparison. My Mimi is one of the sweetest ladies alive. And one of the biggest Mickey and Minnie Mouse fans alive too.


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Learned on a 1941 Studebaker Commander that had what they called a "Hill holder" when I was 13. When you pulled to a stop with your foot on the brake and depressed the clutch just before stopping, the clutch pedal would hold the brake so you could take your right foot off the brake and the car would not roll backward. Neat, we later got a 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser and it had the same thing. Neat!
DWs 89' Subie had the same clutch. We had both learned to do without it by the time we got that car but it was a cool concept. Her Civic Hybrid had a similar idea since the motor did auto shut down and could roll back at traffic lights.
Now to show my uber-geek side, my Yamaha Chappy moped had a 2 speed automatic. It literally screamed downhill if I did not flip it to neutral.
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Learned on a 1941 Studebaker Commander that had what they called a "Hill holder" when I was 13. QUOTE]So, if we take 1941 and subtract 13, we get 1928. That'll be the same year my Mimi was born!
I was 13 and the year was 1953, my folks were poor and we were lucky to have a car, let alone a 12 yr old car. Dad had traded a 37 Chevy for it in 1949. We got the new 1950 Land Cruiser in 1954.
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I was 13 and the year was 1953, my folks were poor and we were lucky to have a car, let alone a 12 yr old car. Dad had traded a 37 Chevy for it in 1949. We got the new 1950 Land Cruiser in 1954.

Ah, my bad. And here I thought maybe you had something in comparison with Mimi.

Didn't mean to make you any older than you were.


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Ah, my bad. And here I thought maybe you had something in comparison with Mimi. Didn't mean to make you any older than you were.
Not a problem, coming up on 74, the 24th of this month.
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Not a problem, coming up on 74, the 24th of this month.
OC I can only call any 15 years older than me old. So I can not call old
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If we're talking about CARS, then by all means, buy the car with the transmission that best fits your needs--auto, stick, DSG, or whatever else the Big 3, Germany, or Japan comes up with over the next few years. But this thread started off talking about trucks, and it's gotten away from that. Yes, I prefer my vehicles--all of them--to be stick. Better mileage, better control, and more fun. I've never sat in traffic and said, "God, this sucks, I wish I had an auto." I've certainly said stuff like "There wouldn't be any traffic if you'd all just go--away," or something to that effect. But lets stick to what this forum is about--camping, RVs, trucks, trailers, and towing.

Have autos come a long way in their ability to deal with the heat and stress of towing an extra 10K pounds of weight behind them? Yes, they have. But are they as good at towing--especially considering the less effective engine braking they provide--as manuals are? No, they're not. You can tell yourself that autos are just as good as manuals for towing, but repeating a falsehood to yourself over and over a few hundred times does not make it become a fact eventually. Can autos do the job? Yes. But don't tell me they're better for what we do than manuals, and don't take away the option to purchase them from those of us that prefer them, which is how this thread started out.
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