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Folks Of Interest Did you learn to drive a stick or a automatic?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 3,490

    from michigan

    Learned on my avatar at about 12 or 13. Had an LT-1 and a 4sp. Of course it belonged to dad at that time.
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  2. I grew up on the farm, so by the age of 8 or 9, I had everything figured out. :rolleyes: The first automatic I drove was my Grandpa's hired man had a '58 Impala. I was about 11 or so.

    Pop had a '60 Buick Lesabre convertible with a dyna-flow that I got my license in. :cool:
    After that everything I ever owned was a stick, but then I've only owned 12 cars. :eek::D
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  3. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 29,499


    Stick, 1961 Ford in a gravel parking lot before the Friday night Boy Scout meeting. Why Dad had me start backing up is a mystery, but it all worked out. Bob
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  4. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,616

    Rusty O'Toole

    62 full size Ford sedan, 6 cylinder 3 on the tree. In those days (1966) automatics were something fancy rich people had.

    My first car was a 48 Chevy, also 6 cylinder 3 on the tree.
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  5. cometman98006
    Joined: Sep 4, 2011
    Posts: 223


    '48 Ford pickup when I was 14 at my uncles farm. He gave me the keys and said drive it around the field till you know what your doing. I ended up breaking an axle.. Got my drivers license in my dad's '52 Plymouth 3 on the tree.
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  6. Humboldt Cat
    Joined: Feb 20, 2003
    Posts: 2,235

    Humboldt Cat
    from Eureka, CA

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  7. klharper
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 5

    from Mebane NC

    It was both for me we had a GMC pickup and a 65 Chevy impala convertible with auto and a Fiat 124 and Alfa Romeo Giulietti with manuals. The Fiat had a 5 speed and the Alfa was 4 on the tree. I miss those cars.

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  9. scrubby2009
    Joined: Jan 9, 2011
    Posts: 204


    Learned on a '69 Datsun truck, drive around the field, shoveling up horse crap for grandma's garden, 12 years old.
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  10. noremf
    Joined: Jan 9, 2011
    Posts: 3


    My brothers 2 door 49 ford 3 on the tree front coils cut 4" front clearance.

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  11. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 4,081

    from SW Wyoming

    VW Bug. Not the automatic stickshift version.
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  12. v8deuce
    Joined: Aug 11, 2009
    Posts: 77


    Standards!Being a farm kid my brother and I would take the '56 ford 1/2 ton out to the different fields to pick roots and stones when he was 8 and me at 9. He would kneel on the seat,steer and shift the 4 speed, I would sit on the floor with my back against the seat and run the pedals. I don't think we ever got out of 1st.This was not something my mom was fond of but I can remember dad saying he wanting us to learn everything possible. At 14 I received my drivers licence, very restricted as it was for use only for farm purposes,driving tractors,combines,etc on the roads.I never knew what an automatic was as my dad thought they were useless until I borrowed my older brothers '59 Chevy 4 door so I could take my "real" licence when I turned 16. It was so rusty the headlight buckets were held in with haywire, the driving instructor got in and when he shut his door the window fell down inside the door! He looked at me and asked it this wreck had brakes, after pumping them a couple times to show him we were off. To this day I still use my left foot for the brake, if it don't have a clutch.

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  13. Avgas
    Joined: Dec 31, 2007
    Posts: 281


    1963 Holden wagon with side plates 6 cylinder with a 3 on the tree with no sincro first gear!

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  14. hotrod fozzie
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 175

    hotrod fozzie

    I learned stick shift, in high school my Auto body teacher gave me keys to a Chevy Sprint ( like a geo metro) I made laps in the parking lot until I could drive it!!

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  15. ken bogren
    Joined: Jul 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,032

    ken bogren

    straight stick in a couple family cars
    fluid drive in another one
    automatic in another one

    no wonder I'm confused :)
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  16. oneratfink57
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 737

    from Wisconsin

    Not exactly H.A.M.B. Friendly, but 89 wrangler 5 speed when I was 13

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  17. 1941coupe
    Joined: Jul 4, 2010
    Posts: 419


    1949 chevy 3 speed columm
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  18. harris73085
    Joined: Feb 4, 2009
    Posts: 168


    Seems like everyone is learning to drive on something sweet! I learned to drive a stick.... and 87 Nissan Pulsar... hey you take what you can get when you're 15.
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  19. Rex_A_Lott
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,081


  20. I actually learned to drive on an early Ford tractor. Grandparents had farms and dad had a landscape business on the side (professional firefighter). At 10 or so, I was driving the tractors putting up hay and straw, grading yards...easy stuff but it taught me clutch control and steering. Later I would drive grandpaw's '48 3/4-ton Chevy and my papaw's '63 C10. Dad's '74 Suburban was the first auto I ever drove. In between, Dad bought my younger brother and I a King Midget to use as a go-kart of sorts on my grandpaw's farm and the surrounding dirt roads. It was a 2-speed auto but that 9-hp Wisconsin would push that thing around pretty good, especially for a 12 year-old hot rodder!!

    In driver's ed class over one summer (1978), I went to the high school that had the county's drivers ed range (large paved/fenced lot adjacent to the sports fields). All the cars were autos, except for a slightly older VW Rabbit. During one road session, it was my turn to drive. After a moment or two, the instructor asked, "You've driven before, haven't you?" Fearing the worst, I answered honestly. On our next driver's range outing, we were learning proper passing techniques. The instructor pointed to me and one other guy and said, "You two get in the Rabbit!"
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  21. Elbopper
    Joined: Apr 29, 2012
    Posts: 109


    I learn on a 1958 VW bus at 8 years old
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  22. At age 13, my brothers '53 Pontiac with 3 on the column.
  23. 8N and a 63 Comet
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  24. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,671

    Ned Ludd

    My dad's been an automatic fan since the Mercedes bug bit him, when I was about 6. Consequently the cars I learned on were automatics: the little Mitsubishi "Plymouth" wagon we had when we lived in Canada for a while, and my mum's Audi after that. I learned to drive a manual on a friend of my parents' Toyota pickup: four on the tree. I've never owned an automatic car myself.
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  25. 1948 Ford sedan up and down between the rows of an orange orchard. 3 of us on board all "learning" to drive.
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  26. 59 Ford wagon, 292, 3 on the tree.

    59 FORD-FRONT.jpg
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  27. Paul B
    Joined: Sep 29, 2007
    Posts: 904

    Paul B

    grandfathers 56 chevy pickup 4 speed, still can hear him saying lo-low = first gear
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  28. dave lewis
    Joined: Dec 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,376

    dave lewis
    from Nampa ID

    1960 econoline window van.
    200 from a mustang.. 3 on the tree.
    Dad's work truck. Hauled all his carpenters tools..
    I changed 12 clutches , 2 engines and 1 rear end in that thing.
    Dad kept it from 69 till 90..
    31 years I did all the work on it...
    Funny... I've never owned a Ford myself......

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  29. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,921

    1. 1940 Ford

    Learned on both a 58 Chev Biscayne,6 stick and a 55 Pontiac with auto depending on which was available.
    Remember how you went for a short cruise when your parents sent you out to get a gallon of milk? "Check me out, I'm driving!" Lol :cool:
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  30. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 4,171

    Deuced Up!

    Stick... Dad had a fiberglass dune buggy that he used to let me drive around in the field and on dirt roads when I was about 10 years old. Plus I drove tractors and hay trucks etc. on my Grand Dad's farm. When I was 11 there was a big celebration going on in the city park. My mother and a friend had some sort of craft booth in it. They spent the whole morning loading everything into a VW Bus and then found neither of them could get it out of the driveway.:p I finally spoke up and said you know I could drive the bus to the park for you. After some seriously painful looks between the two they finally agreed. I climbed in and delivered them to the event with no issue. Then I guess forgetting what was going on or excited about their booth etc., they unloaded the van and sent me back home (LOL). Mom said it didn't register with her til later in the day what they had done. She said at some point she looked at her friend and said, did we just send an 11 year old kid home driving by himself! :eek: But I was a good kid. I put the old van right back where I found it, grabbed my bike and headed to the park again.
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