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History Do you know what a "Straight Shift" is ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by F-ONE, May 15, 2019.

  1. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,767

    from Alabama

    Just curious I use that term to refer to a manual transmission. Like a lot of antiquated terms we use down here it tends to be very old and very regional.
    Is it a common term for you?
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  2. razoo lew
    Joined: Apr 11, 2017
    Posts: 452

    razoo lew
    from Calgary

    No it is not.
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  3. Yep, and my first straight shift was three-on-the-tree!
  4. I've always referred to a manual shift as a straight shift, but then I spent my youngest years in the South. Never thought of it as a regional thing.
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  5. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,767

    from Alabama


    As the Valet Grnds the gears on Tom Power's '30 Lasalle Power's (Cagney) yells.....
    " Hey Stoop that car's got gears! It ain't no Ford?"

    I wonder if the manual shift over taking the planetary pedal floor shift of the Model T is where the term " straight shift " originates?
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  6. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 501

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    I've never heard of that once in my life
  7. .......I find that puzzling. I guess it really is a regional thing.:)
  8. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,326


    Heard it a few times, also ''straight stick''.
    Kirk & Spock got the hang of it.
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  9. Straight shift in this (Muncie M-21).......... 20181006_094353 (1).jpg 2013-10-22 13.06.45.jpg
  10. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,405

    from Oregon

    I called it that plenty of times. But I was originally born in southern Ontario, so maybe it is a southern "thang" .:D
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  11. "Standard shift" was more commonly used
  12. ..................Especially by the used car salesmen.
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  13. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,136

    oldiron 440

    I've always heard straight stick never once straight shift.
    Standard shift yes.
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  14. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,588


    My dad called it "straight shift" for as long as I can remember.
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  15. Straight shift or standard shift is not the same as four on the floor. :)
  16. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,650


    "Straight Stick" was almost universal in the twin cities area in the '50's. Usually referred to a three speed column shift. If you had anything better (a floor shift or GASP! a four speed), you called it what it was to differentiate from the hoi polloi.
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  17. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,767

    from Alabama

    I think so is....
    Mash for depress or press
    Crank for start
    Knocking ass for a high rate of speed (whipping a horse?)
    Plumb for extremely....the battery is not just dead....It's plumb dead.
    Laid the ears back or Ears Laid Back for a high rate of speed.....throttle and gas lever on a Model T?
    Let the Blade Down, term for a high rate of speed....A Rail Road semifore signal ....blade down means track is "Wide Open"....
  18. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 1,724

    from Napa

  19. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,767

    from Alabama

    So the straight shift was a 3 in the floor. A standard shift...3 on the column?
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  20. Moon50F3
    Joined: Sep 18, 2014
    Posts: 216


    I had an auto shop instructor back in the day who called it straight shift. I think he’s the only person I ever heard call it that. Where I grew up (AZ) I guess most everybody said either standard or manual. Kinda funny, cuz I see that HRP called it a straight drive in his recent thread. I’ve not heard that term either.
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  21. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 20,121

    from Michigan

    I thought it was that first to second gear bang.... :mad::D
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  22. RMONTY
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
    Posts: 2,188


    "Is it auto or straight shift? "

    "She is a straight shift. "

    "Stick shift or three on the tree? "

    Self explanatory when I was growing up. Never thought about it until just now to be honest.....
  23. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 907


    Stick shift or 3 on the tree is what I always heard.
  24. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,893


  25. I grew up with "straight drive" here in NC.
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  26. Well, sheese! You are all wrong. It is a standard trans [mission ] . We ALL knew THAT!:)

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  27. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,212

    from Indiana

    I'd say it was always "straight stick" around here. But to me that just means it has a clutch. It needs to be further defined. 3 on the tree, 3 on the floor, 4 on the floor, etc.
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  28. F-ONE have you ever heard someone call the gas pedal the foot-feed?
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  29. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,223


    back in early half of 1960s, my cousin and I saw a 55 chevy 2 dr sedan up high on a lawn for sale. It had white shoe polish written on the windshield saying "For Sale .... Stick "
    We were pretty excited to go look for a cool Hurst shifter, but it was 3 on the column. We were mad...(and only 10 or 12 years old).
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  30. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,905


    Heard it up here in Minneapolis as a kid. Stick shift, straight shift, and floor shift, before consoles and auto trans shifters on the floor.
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