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first manual car you ever drove?

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

  1. 73 international winch truck 345 v8 5 spd, great fun for a 13 yr old
  2. canadianzed
    Joined: Jan 23, 2008
    Posts: 200


    1947 Studebaker M5 -
  3. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,132

    RAY With

    a 1948 ford 4 dr with the 3 on the tree. Car was brand new with some where in the 200 miles clocked on it. Was a hell of a thrill.
  4. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,854


    MY grandfather's 48 Chevy one ton flatbed is the first vehicle that I ever drove except his Farmall C tractor.

    The first car with a stick was the 51 Ford Victoria that my folks bought that was supposed to be my first car. My stepfather may have got that one as payment for a debt though.
  5. 41PICUP
    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 107


    55 T-Bird...what a ride.
  6. ezdusit
    Joined: May 10, 2008
    Posts: 246


    A 1930 Model A Sport Coupe...

  7. RoryShock
    Joined: May 5, 2010
    Posts: 75

    from Western TN

    I think I was 5 or 6 when my dad had me steer his Corvair Van, me sitting in his lap while he worked the peddles. Now-a-days I supposed they'd frown at that sort of thing. I steered it, though it may be debatable if that's "driving".

    I actually learned stick on a '65 Chevy van I bought years later from my dad. I learned to drive on the streets of LA, which may or may not be the best place to learn. But I did learn fast that way.
  8. 26 roadster
    Joined: Apr 21, 2008
    Posts: 2,017

    26 roadster

    1961 Impala, 283, 3speed, still think that was a sweet car.
  9. 1938 Chevy fourdoor......Dad's fishing car. 3 speed floor shift....up and
    down the alley behind the house. Also about that time, Dad bought
    an old Railway Express truck, maybe '47 International. It had the "ol
    granny" gear. More runs down the alley. Was 13 or 14 at the time.
  10. '49 Chrysler. Well it wasn't totally standard I think they called it a semi automatic or something like that.
  11. 19vegas56
    Joined: Apr 4, 2004
    Posts: 30


    Dads' 66 Mustang convertible, 200 six & 3 on the floor.
  12. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,229

    from California

    learned to drive in 1976 in my 1949 Chevrolet. 3 on the tree. I din't learn how to drive an automatic until I was 20 and bought a 69 Gran Prix.

    all my drivers have been stick shift, even my latest 1993 GMC Sonoma. I was working with a guy last summer, he was driving his van, and I was going to drive his S-10. I get in and look at the automatic shifter on the column and told him "I can't drive this, I don't know how to drive an automatic".
  13. Bobert
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 820

    Member Emeritus

    1958 Ford high school driving training car. The had both stick and automatics back then. I don't remember if you had a choice.
  14. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 6,116

    from Ks

    M John Deere.:D
  15. Kramer
    Joined: Mar 19, 2007
    Posts: 911


    '53 plymouth wagon.
  16. My Dad's 1960 Chevy Brookwood staion wagon. 235 with 3 on the tree.
  17. Slick Willy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
    Posts: 3,019

    Slick Willy

    not the first , but the first "three on the tree" was my first car, my '63 galaxie.The first time I went to start it my brother had the jumper cables...nearly ran him over when it lurched forward!!:eek::D:eek:
    I thought i was buying an automatic! damn thing had three pedals!:p
  18. Bigchuck
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 1,155

    from Austin, TX

    Mine was a 68 SS 396 hardtop. Learned to drive it from the lot to the dmv.
  19. Arbearslayer
    Joined: Jul 17, 2011
    Posts: 14


    Learned on a 76 ford pickup it had a straight 6 and a 3 on the tree. I was 7 or 8 and I hit a tree before I got out of the yard. Didn't slow me down to much though, Cramed it in reverse started over and down the highway I went
  20. Theo:HotRodGod
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 565


    My old man's 1955 International dump truck. I used to take it up and down PLate River drive when I was fourteen. Hell if you learn to drive in a contraption like that you can drive anything.
  21. jipp
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,112


    after reading this thread again.. and noticing all the three on the tree's. my first three on the tree would be my step dads ( i consider him my dad ) 1960 Biscayne. and would be last year before we put a 4 speed in it and dropped the 6 and put in a 8 last winter, he retired this summer.. so my guess we will finish that car up this winter for him to have some fun in during his golden years.
  22. Johnny Chaos
    Joined: Feb 27, 2009
    Posts: 28

    Johnny Chaos

  23. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020

    Member Emeritus

    Was a new '58 Ford drivers training car. Six cylinder with three on the tree.
  24. My first manual car?....a shitty 1975 Honda civic.
  25. jgb7038
    Joined: Mar 28, 2009
    Posts: 261

    from Indiana

    The first manual car I drove was the 1938 plymouth coupe still sitting in my garage........
  26. LongT
    Joined: May 11, 2005
    Posts: 966


    Yes to both. Although it is a Focus now. It even has manual windows.

    First time I drove a stick shift was in 1964. My brothers 55 Chev with a pretty potent small block Chevy. He told me to rev it to some RPM, I forget exactly. Let the clutch fly, don't let up on the throttle and shift when he told me. Burning rubber and fish tailing through all 4 gears. I thought it was pretty cool.

  27. coilover
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 680

    from Texas

    When I learned to drive ALL cars had manual trans. First automatic, not counting Fluid Drive, I drove was a 49 Olds. Schools with Drivers Ed were not allowed to use cars with automatics.
  28. DamnYankeesKustoms
    Joined: Jan 14, 2010
    Posts: 297


    56 chevy tow truck, three speed(early teens), on the road.... a early 90's f250 in the middle of a snow storm.... tell you what.... you learn quick when you find yourself in precarious situations.
  29. spuds
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 403

    from Idaho

    MY Dads 55 chevy pu.
  30. imperialman67
    Joined: Dec 29, 2008
    Posts: 42

    from minnesota

    first car I owned was a 56 Plymouth Savoy three speed overdrive.....but technically I probably learned on Dad's 48 Ford F1 four speed.
    I can still hear the gear whine in first gear:)

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