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first manual car you ever drove?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by CopperBandit, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,743


    My first stick was a Triumph Spitfire. I had to get my dad to drive it home from the dealer until I could learn to drive it. That was 1970. OTOH,all three of my daughters learned to drive on a stick because that's all we owned.
  2. buckd
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 336


    1957 f-100 "Rockn' Robin" My dad's truck he bought new. It was 3 on the tree,
    ohv 6, fiestas. The year was 1960. I bought it from him in '64 for a shop truck/daily while I built my '55 chevy gasser.
  3. alex211
    Joined: May 20, 2010
    Posts: 39

    from NW PA

    2003 jeep wrangler, I guess I'm not as old as you guys.
  4. Belchfire8
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
    Posts: 1,541


    I went with my dad and two older brothers when he said it was time for them to learn to drive. My Dad wouldn't own an automatic. We went to a rural park and I got to laugh at my brothers while my Dad yelled at them everytime they stalled the ol' dodge. Once they got the hang of it my Dad looked at me and said "Your turn"; I was 11, but had already driven the "39 Allis Chalmers we kept on the hobby farm, so it wasn't that hard to learn on the car. When i took drivers ed. they had manual "simulators" most of the guys would use the simulators in the manual mode; you could hear all the cluth pedals banging up when we side stepped them at all the simulated green lights.. It seems like everyone could drive by the time we took drivers ed back then, about 1969. we even had one guy that drove about 12 miles everyday to get to drivers ed. :D
  5. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,713

    Okie Pete

    My Great-Grand -Pa's 59 Chevy pickup. 4 on the floor six in a row.
    First hand shift bike Cushman Eagle scooter.
  6. cavemag
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 210


    87 mazda 626.
  7. at 13 i was kina the lot boy i washed cars and cleaned the shop
    they said when you can start the ford and move it around ehe yard i got to drive the tow truck
    the ford was a 1919 t touering car took me 2 days to start it
    then they let me move cars to wash them
    then you did not need a drivers licence to drive an emergency vehicle
    it was a 57 chevy 1 ton with a weaver hand crank i moved cars around ehe yard with it
    then i was sent to the parts house then sent to get a car down the street then futher
    before i was 14 i did my first fatale accident i still have a wrecker that was 46years ago
  8. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,416


    It was either dad's 49 Chevy pickup (three on the tree) or the "new" early 55 Chevy pickup with a four speed or an Oliver 77, can't remember which in about 1954. I rolled that early 55 Chevy pickup when I was 15, lucky I was an only child or my parents would have killed me:)
  9. v8 garage
    Joined: May 18, 2006
    Posts: 276

    v8 garage

    '53 F-100 that dad bought new. I have owned it since the mid 80's. It's not a stick anymore though.

  10. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,333


    granpa's 72 chevy half ton 3 on the tree
  11. old me
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 108

    old me
    from Iowa

    50 Dodge of my friends mom. Had the "Fluid Drive" which at 14 I had no clue what that meant-all those that told me how hard it was to drive a manual seemed to be wrong!! That thing was easy!!
    Until I found the real world of the manual transmission. 'Bout took out my dads clutch in his 53 Ford trying to get it out of the garage!!
    Lesson learned...
  12. brocluno
    Joined: Nov 1, 2009
    Posts: 165


    52 Ford coupe - flathead and 3 on the tree. First floor shift was my 58 Ranch Wagon floor shift conversion. First 4 speed was my buddies 63 Merc Marauder (that I eventually bought off him) :)
  13. mastergun1980
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 1,095

    from Alva OK

    Mine was a 68 mustang that was an auto when I got it- bought a standard parts car and did the swap. stayed up all night and finished it with just enough time to take a shower and get to school. ( I was 16 ) --- There was a lesson here - I also put the dual exaust on, but I did not remove the kick down arm from the gas pedal, first time I stomped the gas, it stuck to the floor! Good times
  14. my friends dads 79 sunbird notchback first hamb friendly car was a 53 olds rocket 3 on the tree
  15. 1938 Ford Deluxe Fordor.:)
  16. KrisKustomPaint
    Joined: Apr 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    First time I ever drove, I was 9 years old. It was a POS 4 speed pinto, we chased cows around a field for several hours. Great fun. I had to sit on phone books, but not because I was too short, the car had no seats. Good times.
  17. Pops1532
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 544

    from Illinois

    .....speaking of 3 on the tree...... I've got a buddy that used to do front end alignments at a Ford dealer. An old guy dropped off an F100 with 3 on the tree for service. The tech went out to get it. Couldn't figure out how to shift. Second tech went out, then a third. They had all driven standard trans but not column shift. My buddy finally went out and showed them how to shift it. They called him old.
  18. ol'skool29
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 1,077


    1963 rambler wagon
  19. The first manual I ever drove was a '67 Dodge P.U. 318 wide block 3 on the tree . That was a great old truck! Rob.
  20. mwhistle
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 314

    from sacramento

    My parent's 1954 Buick Special with 3 speed transmission. Yes, some Buicks had standard transmissions. In fact, I took my DMV driving test in that car.
  21. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,419

    Ned Ludd

    c. 1970 Toyota pick-up, column 4-speed. I was probably 16, and the truck belonged to a friend of my dad's as my dad had only automatics at the time (or since, with one exception).

    I've never owned an automatic. Too often in my life I've had cars that might need to be push-started at times or wouldn't idle without being baby-sat. Automatic transmissions would have made them undrivable.
  22. roydebisco
    Joined: May 25, 2009
    Posts: 35

    from n.j

    1951 ford 8n tractor at the age of 10
  23. Bucksnort
    Joined: Dec 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,302


    1957 Chevy,....what else? :D
  24. Commando66
    Joined: Jan 1, 2008
    Posts: 40


    My brother's 51 Dodge PU on my paper route when I was 14. He would sit on the passenger side and sleep while I delivered the papers.
  25. butch
    Joined: Jun 3, 2001
    Posts: 72

    from Michigan

    Ma's 60 Ford 6 stick.
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,622


    My dad's 1964 international scout. The poor thing:D:D
    I think it use to cringe when it saw me coming.
  27. HotRodToomer
    Joined: Jun 25, 2006
    Posts: 858


    1950 Chevy sedan me and dad picked up a few years back. The clutch was already slipping, he didnt think I could hurt it any worse.
  28. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,709

    from Locust NC

    1989 Ford Tempo, just like this one. Jealous?

  29. DD
    Joined: Feb 16, 2005
    Posts: 467

    from illinois

    Grandpa's Allis Chalmers wd45 and His 53 Chevy 3100

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  30. rainhater1
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,147

    from az

    They were all manual's when I started, the close thing was the chrysler fluid drive but you had to shift it in first gear

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