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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. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 5,830


    Well, I learned to ride a MC on a Honda 90, you still shifted gears but no clutch. Lol. Still have it out back somewhere under 40 years of dust.
  2. ccain
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 440


    My Uncle taught me to drive in my aunt's, black on red, 289, 4 speed, '64 Falcon Sprint ragtop. Drove the piss outta that car every time I could get my hands on it.
  3. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,540


    1941 Chevy pickup. Started off hauling hay when I was 14 out of the field to the barn. Progressed to hunting rabbits out in the pasture with a single shot .410 stuck out from under the windshield over the hood. Took my driving test in the truck and got a commercial license at the age of 16.
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  4. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,425

    from Ks

    Both it was a model T.
  5. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,456

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    When I was 14 back in 1969 I was working summers and after school in Dads cabinet shop. After an install job one day , Dad stop at a local pub about 4 miles from home to have a couple beers. Had a couple to many, went to leave and he threw me the key's and said you drive. Never drove before in my life. Got in the 64 Chevy pickup, 6 cylinder 3 speed. Took a few miles off the clutch the first few times I took off ,but got us home. Lol got real good at power shifting that three speed over the years and and later became the fastest thing with a 4 speed of anyone I knew of or ever raced. At 65 I still rather drive a stick over an automatic anytime! lol Larry
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  6. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,081


    1957 VW stick.
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  7. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,345

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    '62 Bel Aire Wagon with 6, 3speed and overdrive.

  8. 64 Chevy 4 dr. 283 Auto... I was around 8 years old. I learned out of necessity by having to drive my mom home from the river. She was an alcoholic. When I approached legal age, my step dad taught me to drive in his 69 Ford F150, it was a 352FE three on the tree. Loved driving that truck on gravel roads! It ended up being the first engine I rebuilt.
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  9. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,545


    I learned to drive when I was 12 driving my drunk now long time Ex stepfather home from the Bucket of Blood tavern in Winslow Wa. That was in a 54 Chevy 3100 with a Hydromatic. Then I learned to drive a stick here on the farm driving my grandfather's 48 Chevy 1 ton flatbed to help him feed Sugar Beet tops to his cattle.
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  10. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,718


    48 Dodge 3/4 ton pickup with granny low. Putting up hay and feeding hay. I don't remember exactly how old I was but I do remember that on my 13th birthday I lost a half load of hay when I turned too sharp in a field.

    I seem to remember that I was upset and driving too fast 'cause I was PO'd that I had to do the feeding on my birthday.

    That would have been sometime between summer '63 and summer '65 as we only lived on that small farm for those two years.
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  11. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,347

    from Arizona

    1960 Falcon. All of us brothers & sister learned in that car. I guess my sister had a hard time with it. She told me a few years ago that it was the only time dad ever yelled at her. She really must have ticked him off. Dad was about the quietest man I ever knew.
  12. Oilguy
    Joined: Jun 28, 2011
    Posts: 466


    It was a butt ugly 57 Buick four door for me with an automatic.
    My stick experience came later driving my brother's 57 VW.
  13. 5brown1
    Joined: Apr 13, 2008
    Posts: 203


    We didn't have any tractors with automatics
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  14. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 696


    Stick. 1955 Ford Customline with I Block 6; my MOM'S car. She started teaching me, but my cousin & i "hot wired" it once & i REALLY learned from that ........lots of my folks weren't as dumb as i thought they were. Confessed to it in my early 20s & dad said.....we know all about it.....oh my!
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  15. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,754

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    Started backing Mom's 63 Fairlane Station Wagon out of the garage and pulling it around to the front for her at 12. Did not get access to a manual till I was 16. Did not buy an automatic till I was mid 40's.
  16. Fisher400
    Joined: Jan 27, 2020
    Posts: 102


    I am seeing some trends:
    1- many were out of necessity due to the adult male figure being intoxicated lol
    2- many first time stick experiences were on a VW

    My first car was a 67 vw, great cars to learn stick on. Not very forgiving due to the low torque. Really had to speak to it or as my dad would say,” drive it like you hate it”!

    It is a shame few cars offer stick these days. Drove a Hyundai recently with the paddle shifters and “sport mode”. Give me a break!! I was bored with that after the first try...

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  17. jroberts
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,638


    Like a lot of kids in my day I started "driving" by sitting on my dad's lap in the mid-1950's. Dad was in the military and we were stationed in Asmara, Eritrea. The car was a pre-war Bianchi. My first driving myself was in the early 1960's in my dad's 1940 Plymouth. Of course it was a three speed manual. I loved that car. It was my job to check the oil every day when Dad got home from work. It used so much of it that Dad bought "reconstituted" oil in glass bottles from Sears. I about cried when he traded it in for a 1957 Dodge station wagon. I don't think I ever drove that car. Got my license in a 1964 Datsun.
  18. 27 Tall T
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 320

    27 Tall T
    from Butler Pa.

    1951 Ford 3 on the tree
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  19. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 1,092


    Drivers Ed, summer school in '61, a '58 Chevy 6 cyl., 3 on the tree. Teacher was cool, traded off a day with his other class, took us down to L.A. to learn how to drive on the freeways. Also took us out one night because he thought we should have the experience. At home it was a '50 Merc., flathead, 3 speed w/O.D. Before Drivers Ed dad took me out and let me drive around the block. He said stop. After he bounced his forehead off the sun visor I got the long version of clutch pedal use.

    My daughter actually wanted to learn how to drive a stick. First car was a 5 speed S-10 blazer.
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 2,012

    from IDAHO

    I Learned To Drive On Our Ranch With One Of These And I Can Still Hear The 4 Gear.. 18069ed50d341_hd_1948-ford-f1-pickup.jpg
  21. I learned to drive on our 1950 Chevy 3100, six with a three on the tree. We still have it and I fully intend to teach Little Truckdoctor on it for his first time. Of course, it will be his first actual road going vehicle, because he drives everything on the farm but cars and trucks.

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  22. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,769


    62 Ford three speed 352. It was worn out.. Painted it flat black and put moons on it..

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  23. Steves46
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 435

    from Florida

    My Grandpa’s 63 Rambler Classic with a 3 spd column shift (which now I refer to as anti theft devices).
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  24. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,554


    Started in a 1958 Ford farm truck. 6 cylinder, 4 speed. Hell, all you had to do was put it in Granny-low and turn on the key. Away you went. From that point on it was a breeze. It was kind of exciting to double clutch the ole gal.
  25. learned to drive on a 37 Ford pickup on my uncle's farm .The rest of my cars were stick also, 39 Ply , 41 Merc. cp, 50 Merc . rag top , 53 Ford rag top , 37 Ford cp , 58 Impala ,65 Vette ,these were my rides up to 1969 .
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  26. MO54Frank
    Joined: Apr 1, 2019
    Posts: 441


    1968 VW Beetle with 4-speed.
    Actually took my drivers license test in it.
  27. Dusty roads
    Joined: Nov 29, 2016
    Posts: 179

    Dusty roads

    I was 8 years old and my dad had a Packard & Crowley dealership that was a stick.

    1950 Brett & Barb with Crosley.jpg
  28. 60 Special
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 75

    60 Special
    from Omaha Ne.

    I learned to drive in the family 1963 Pontiac Catalina 389 auto. My first car was a 57 Chevy 2dr. hardtop 301 3 speed on the floor. I had never driven a stick before, but had friends who did and learned from watching them drive. When I went to pick up my 57 for the drive home, I had to back out of a driveway and start uphill. I killed it a few times, getting started up that hill, but by the time I drove across town with it I had clutching and shifting down pretty good!
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  29. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,591

    Rand Man

    I learned in my dad’s 65 Ford pickup, out on the farm, with three on the tree. He told me to just keep it in first gear. When he saw me screaming down the gravel road in first, he relented to teach me the second gear shift.
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  30. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,081

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Mom used to let me back out the '41 Buick to warm up before she went to work. One morning as I was backing out from garage, I hit a small picket corner fence & made a small dent in right fender corner. Mom took the Buick to dealer & had it repaired that same day. We never told Dad about this incident until 20 years later!---He just laffed. Grandfathers & Fathers cars 002.jpg Grandfathers & Fathers cars 002.jpg

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