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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilothall View Post
    I've always wanted to drive one of those, but I was born a few decades too late...
    I leaned the hard way. A brand new 1972 Chevrolet pickup. 3 on the tree. Dealer trade, 150 miles, from our dealership.
    Think I drove the truck all the way back, in 2 gear. My first manual transmission experience. I driven hundreds of manuals since then. Miss the days, of double clutching too. No synchronizers. Nothing like the sound,of grinding gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    It's not like they don't exist anymore. Find a local guy restoring something, bring him a 6-pack and offer your labor for an afternoon. I'm sure you'd get a drive out of the deal once it's back on the road. =P

    OG petrolheads love to share their cars and the experience of driving them with others, not like today where it's unthinkable to let someone touch your $60,000 smart phone on wheels.
    True. Anyone know anyone working on cool old cars in Atlanta?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    Miss the days, of double clutching too. No synchronizers. Nothing like the sound,of grinding gears.
    IDK... You might be alone there. If I want to go synchro free I've got 3 motorcycles that don't get enough love, no grinding necessary. =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koreanadian View Post
    Up until around 1990 Hyundai minivan (derived from Mitsubishi models) had column mounted 5 speed shifter.
    Yeah, I miss the old 3 and 4 speed column shift, but haven't seen those in a daily driver since the 70's. Despite what they say, I can get better MPG with a manual tranny. When paddle shift offers the ability to coast, I might be sold.

    The only uses I have for automatics is in a truck (extra towing capacity) or when stuck in creeping traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by map View Post
    Yeah, I miss the old 3 and 4 speed column shift, but haven't seen those in a daily driver since the 70's. Despite what they say, I can get better MPG with a manual tranny. When paddle shift offers the ability to coast, I might be sold.

    The only uses I have for automatics is in a truck (extra towing capacity) or when stuck in creeping traffic.
    Now that I think about it, column manual shifters are probably safer to drive also ... because you only have inches to move your hand to shift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koreanadian View Post
    Now that I think about it, column manual shifters are probably safer to drive also ... because you only have inches to move your hand to shift.
    Paddle shifters, are a lot safer, you hand never leaves the steering wheel. Their great in stop and go driving rush hour.
    Not having to push a clutch pedal in and out. You can shift, much faster, using the paddles. We’ve owned 3 cars, now that were equipped with them. Since 2007.

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    Ah yes, the old 3 on the tree, bench seats, your cupholder sitting close and shifting because your right hand was elsewhere... Date night was never the same with bucket seats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    Ah yes, the old 3 on the tree, bench seats, your cupholder sitting close and shifting because your right hand was elsewhere... Date night was never the same with bucket seats.
    My bucket seats reclined. While watching the submarine racing, next to your honey.

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    My brother and I had an 1963 Rambler American 3 on the tree for a first car. At that time a friend had an old Mercedes with 4 on the tree. Then I had two Austin-Healey Sprites. My 13' Sport is a 5 speed like most small cars I've owned. I taught my wife how to use a manual in a 1972 Mercury Capri V-6. The old Rambler didn't have bucket seats but, on date night they would recline .

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    Before buying my 500. I looked at several other cars at that time. One was a 6 speed manual transmission Honda CRZ. I think it was a 2011 model. Hybrid car. When you pushed in the clutch pedal. The engine shut off. Let out the clutch, the engine would restarted. The car was really quiet. Strange feeling.

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