You still drive a stick?

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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Desantnik-VDV » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:11 am

I rode a Dnepr MT10 with sidecar when I was 15 and then 18. I drove Lada VAZ a few time in my teenage years. I also drove URAL 4320 diesel powered truck and a ZIL 130 truck in CCCP Airborne in early 1980's handful of times just for fun. I was not a driver nor I did have any kind of drivers license. Back in the USSR in order to get a regular drivers license like US C class, it required to attend a driving school for 45 days and then pass a written, driving test, + get a clearance from psycho clinic stating that you are not a psycho. In order to drive anything bigger than a personal car one had to attend 6 months driving school...
After high school I did not have time to waste 6 months in order to get a truck driver license, since I was in skydiving club. I could also get a pilots license instead of skydiving... but because I wanted to join Airborne I was skydiving, swimming, running, target shooting. I should've become a pilot instead...
For last 30 years I drive a stick only once in Los Angeles. That was a Mitsubishi pickup of a friend, who asked me to drive. After about 40 miles of freeway drive I stopped at the first stop sign and the stick shaft came out of its ball joint. I looked at it and hand it to a friend, who asked me "what do you want me to do with it?", I replied "take it, it's yours". :D


I would not drive a stick nowadays, especially in Los Angeles traffic. Somewhere in suburban area maybe.
A sport car or an antique car on a weekend maybe. Even driving sidecar rig with too many stops or traffic intersections is a hassle if you have to go far enough. Riding a motorcycle is much easier for me than dealing with three foot pedals :roll:
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by sagerat » Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:02 pm

Dang, those are some serious trucks, Alex.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Lee Pape » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:21 am

sagerat wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:02 pm
Dang, those are some serious trucks, Alex.
enjoy




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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by RC20 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:46 pm

+ get a clearance from psycho clinic stating that you are not a psycho.
After 9/11 they found that they had been issuing fuel truck driving licensees to convicted Arsonists :o :o :o :o

It was a good idea why?????

I am sorry I was not able to take a camera up up on the AK Pipeline Project with me. Some great pictures to be had.

We had one guy put a tractor with a 40 foot flatbed so far off the road that the tail end was 20 feet from the road and no tundra damage in between.

How fast were you going?

Just the speed limit! Right.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by RC20 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:56 pm

Back in the 70s I was getting an original Bronco off boat.

As I was checking it out for ok, I see a young guy next to me trying to get a bi Class 8 Tractor going. He clearly was lost.

So I go over and ask, first time? Yea and I think they are trying to get me fired, they know I have never driven a truck like this.

Ok, its fairly easy, ignore all those switches and dials and stuff, you just need a few things.

I had him put in neutral, there is the ignition, just turn it, now watch that dial, its air pressure building, once the alarm goes off and you have 80 PSI, push the big yellow push button in (that is the parking break) . Don't touch the Big Red Button, that is the emergency. All the rest of that stuff is for truck ops on a run, ignore it all. You won't even have it up to tempearue before you park it on the dock.

R is there and 1st is there in the pattern and you don;t need any more than that.,

He did a fine job backing it out, thanked me. I said you are welcome, been there done that and I hate people screwing with new guys rather than teaching you.

Off he went in first gear handling it just fine which was impressive as they are really big rigs and interior space was tight.
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1 x R80GS (ok to start with, learned to love it for what it was)
1 x CB450K

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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Snakeoil » Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:28 pm

I learned to drive a stick in a friend's Triumph Spitfire when in high school. Hydraulic clutch made it much easier than had I learned in a American car, which were all beasts at the time. But the acid test was a summer job that ended up lasting 4 years. I worked on the bridge crew for the NYS Thruway Authority. For some reason, the foreman of our crew liked me and told me to drive. It was a 60's Ford wagon with 3 on the tree. It was a struggle at first. But the crew was great. Take your time, they said. I did and off we went. Within a few weeks the foreman tells me I have to drive a scaffold truck to the jobsite. I have no idea what that is. Well, it is a 1960 International dump truck that is thoroughly worn out with a dual stick transmission. They moved the box and put a flatbed in its place and then welded one section of Waco scaffolding to the flat bed and it was now a rolling scaffold to put under bridges so crews could paint and move quickly. After driving that thing, everything else was a walk in the park.

And yes, I still own a car with a stick. I have a '91 Miata with 63K on the odo that's never seen a winter. Cleaner under the hood than most new cars. It's rarely been driven in the rain, either. Not a rocket, but damn fun little car and rock solid reliable. Kinda like a go-kart with a radio.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by RC20 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:13 pm

In a Ironic twist I got to find out how flexible my driving really was.

Short story is an emergency support was required to help out a local Artist his stuff needed framing for a show nest day and the shop owner had finked out and did not tell him NOTHING was done. nada.

So, all the former framer girls were called in and went to work at double pay. Great bunch of ladies and damned good.

Byron (the artist) and I were useless as framing art is a very high skilled area. But we could run support of food and drink.

Byron brings his stick New Zealand Jaguar, I go out with him to make the first run, do you want to drive? Damn right I do but sure was not going to ask, I mean its a Jag.

Now those silly New Zelanders instead of flipping off the UK when they got away went from the UK just kept right hand drive.

And the Jag was right hand drive and a stick. Me? Sure, I will give it a try.

Now I may not be Mario Andretti, but I gave a very capable performance. Byron said, you drive this thing better than I do!

Well I have driven a whole lot of different rigs, switching was no problem. Very ticked with myself that day.
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1 x CB700 SC ala Shaft Drive Nighthawk S (RC20 is the actual in house production Model)
1 x R80GS (ok to start with, learned to love it for what it was)
1 x CB450K

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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by bratmanxj » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:34 am

RC20 wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:13 pm
Byron said, you drive this thing better than I do!
I worked for a few car dealerships back in my teens and I was always the one sent to shuttle people, and 1/2 the time they'd send you to pick them up from work in their car, most just got in the passenger seat to see how someone else would drive their car. One guy had the higher end Saab 9-3 Viggen performance model; sat down and asked me if I had fun driving to get him and to show him what the car can do when you (I swear to god) "drive it like it isn't yours."
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by robp » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:27 am

I still have a 5-speed (NV4500 mated to an LS engine) in my 1947 International KB-1 pickup project truck.

During college I had a summer job driving a Mack COE garbage truck with a 4-speed. I just used the clutch starting from a stop in 1st. Going up in the gears, I'd wind the engine out then put the stick in neutral - when the engine dropped into the *perfect* RPM based on feel - it would easily go into the next gear without using the clutch. Same thing on downshifts - goose the throttle a bit and then wait for the perfect RPM and the downshift would be smooth as butter.

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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by S 854 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:34 am

My Massey Ferguson 135 has a three speed with hi & lo range...

I “shift it like it was a Ural”... :P
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by RC20 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:17 pm

I still have a 5-speed (NV4500 mated to an LS engine) in my 1947 International KB-1 pickup project truck.

During college I had a summer job driving a Mack COE garbage truck with a 4-speed. I just used the clutch starting from a stop in 1st. Going up in the gears, I'd wind the engine out then put the stick in neutral - when the engine dropped into the *perfect* RPM based on feel - it would easily go into the next gear without using the clutch. Same thing on downshifts - goose the throttle a bit and then wait for the perfect RPM and the downshift would be smooth as butter.
A lot of the truck transmissions were designed to do just that. Clutch to get into gear (often 1st was only a granny crawler and not used)

You could not do it in the Brownie boxes but the Road Rangers yes. I about killed my left leg on 98 round trips in a gravel pit clutching. My roommate told he how to do it that night. I was terrified I was going to have to quit as my left leg no longer worked right.
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Formerly Owned: ( various rides on others)
Honda 90
2 x CB750K (one a true Japan Model flown to Hawaii by a P3 Orion Sub Patrol Aircraft!)
1 x CB700 SC ala Shaft Drive Nighthawk S (RC20 is the actual in house production Model)
1 x R80GS (ok to start with, learned to love it for what it was)
1 x CB450K

Current:
1 x 2019 cT Terracotta

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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Paint shaker » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:16 pm

Everything I own is stick shift. Sucks sometimes, but I like rowing the gears. Got my CDL and learned how to float the gears (not use a clutch when up or down shifting) which makes it better!!
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Lofty » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:15 pm

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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by VWinie Prime » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:28 am

My 2003 F-150 -- currently my ONLY vehicle -- is a 5-speed manual.

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