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first manual car you ever drove?

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

  1. 69 VW Bug, got my license around the first of October, and being in upstate N.Y. snow was right around the corner, so VW it was.
  2. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,770

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Ah, I just had a flash back...1960, I was twelve..A 14 year old buddy had a 48' Crosley Panel Truck that he drove around his parents property..His dad's relaxation was out there futzing around on his Ford 8n [and I will swear that tractor had a Funk 6cyl conversion] and "we" drove all around him for hours; my friend was behind the wheel with his left arm out the window and his right hand on the steering wheel and handled the clutch, gas, braking while I was shot gun with my right arm out the window, shifting the 3 on the floor with my left hand...The more we drove around his old man the more puzzled he got, was even better when he was bullshitting with a neighbor and the neighbor commented that his son was a pretty good driver.....We had gotten pretty good as a driving duo but he finally figured it out; gave him a good laugh.......I'd pay some money to re-do them couple hours.....
  3. dwaynerz
    Joined: Nov 16, 2006
    Posts: 235


    dads 73 f100 w/390 and 3 on the tree. had to buy tires after i replaced the u joint.
  4. 32Essex
    Joined: Oct 21, 2007
    Posts: 160

    from Texas

    29' model A two dr sedan, traded my 49' Cushman scooter for it, 13 years old.
  5. Lostj
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 34

    from Miami, FL

    it was either a jeep cj or a ek civic
  6. Slammedf100
    Joined: Apr 22, 2008
    Posts: 38


    Dads 87 chevy dump 4 speed granny low.....
  7. KRB52
    Joined: Jul 9, 2011
    Posts: 1,010

    from Conneticut

    It was either a '68 or early '70s Chevy pick up, straight 6 with three-on-the-tree. It was my dad's truck from his store. I never did stupid stuff with it, but it did make for a challenging time on a date once or twice. (We were able to meet the challenge, too.)
  8. rainh8r
    Joined: Dec 30, 2005
    Posts: 792


    My first car, a 50 Chev business coupe, that my grandmother had been driving for years.
  9. eddie1
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 560


    My first car. A 72 Volvo 142S. In 1983.
  10. H3O
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 597


    my first manual was my uncle's 1964 VW bug
  11. redoilman
    Joined: Dec 20, 2009
    Posts: 24

    from iowa

    1951 chevy business coupe. Still have the car.
  12. Bosco1956
    Joined: Sep 21, 2008
    Posts: 545

    from Jokelahoma

    1966 Pontiac GTO
  13. My father's 1961 Buick special wagon, 3 on the tree, in 1962, one week before I was to take my driver's test I was 16 yrs old. BTW, I past the 1st time.
  14. I learned in a 1965 Ford Falcon window van. It had. 240" six & 3 on the tree, with a 4.56 rear. Not only did I have to learn to drive stick, but I had to learn that I had to turn just a little later than you would in a normal car since you're actually sitting just ahead of the front wheels.
    After getting smacked in the back of the head a few times for curbing the back wheel on right turns, I learned pretty quickly. Thanks Dad!
  15. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    My first car, a '59 Ford "Cusso", worked 390/T-10 combo in '86. Loved that car!
  16. hammer bowling
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 90

    hammer bowling

    1967 Chevy shop truck in 1975
  17. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,870

    Buddy Palumbo

    My first stickshift car was my FIRST car - a '62 MG Midget . I taught myself how to drive it after I bought it & got it running . Never looked back since . Almost all of my cars have been stickshift , and I've had quite a few . I taught my wife to drive stick on my '68 ElCamino SS , then bought her first car for her - an 83 Ford Escort ... a stickshift . She's hoping my Shoebox will be a stickshift when it's road-worthy - she can't wait to do some gear-jammin' !
  18. slickhale
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 765

    from Phoenix

    68 f-100-360/3 on the tree. bought the truck before i knew how to drive a stick, it was the first time i ever drove a stick on an actual road. before that it was tractors and a f-600 cattle truck on my gramps farm.
  19. gtkane
    Joined: Jan 25, 2009
    Posts: 327


    A buddy drove me 40 miles out of town so I could buy a 71 Datsun 510 with a 4 speed for 50 bucks when I was 16. I had to figure out how to drive it home.
  20. darkk
    Joined: Sep 2, 2010
    Posts: 456


    An old 1948 Grumman bread truck. Learned to drive it when I was 9 yrs old. Back in 56' when the Teamsters union was on strike, my father would pick rags,metal,paper for scrap to feed 5 kids and a wife. He used to pic mostly at the town dump back when it was allowed. He always brought me with him and taught me to drive the truck in case the sides ever collapsed and he got trapped in the hole, I could drive out and find someone to help....:)
  21. In 1962 when I was a senior in high school my dad bought two vehicles, a 59' Studebaker pickup with three on the tree and a 59' Morris Minor convertible with a four speed. Between the two I learned to drive a standard pretty well. Drove the Morris to school a couple times and had to put up with my "friends" hiding it on me and then picking the back end up off the ground when I tried to leave!
  22. rschilp
    Joined: Sep 17, 2009
    Posts: 677


    Learned to drive on the Lamborgini tractor when I was old enough to push down the clutch, probably 9 or so.

    Learned to drive in a very off-topic car when I was 18 (didn't grow up in the US) and it was a stick.

    First time I drove an automatic was a Mercedes 500, had to ask someone to explain the concept to me, I had never been in or even seen an automatic till then.

    To this day I don't like driving an automatic, manual is where it's at.
  23. Erkenbrand
    Joined: Aug 6, 2009
    Posts: 102


    I started on an International tractor, and a little on the 76 F250 my grandfather ran around his farm. My first car was also the first stick I drove regularly . . . it was a classy 83 Renault Alliance. Talk about blazing power! ;)
  24. erlomd
    Joined: Apr 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,213


    Dads 87 Jeep Wrangler, taught me how to drive in a old airfield....lots of fun!
  25. Saxon
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,157

    from MN

    60s ford 2 ton grain truck. I was probably 12 or 13yrs old.
  26. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,251

    from Oregon

    First manual was a '52 Buick Special. Took my sister's car for a joy ride when I was 13. :)
  27. monkeywrenching
    Joined: Feb 14, 2007
    Posts: 299

    from maryland

    '65 Toyota Stout PU. Three spd on the column in a field. The first ever was sitting on my Dad's lap in a '64 Studebaker Lark. He would step on the clutch and I would shift. Miss him.
  28. My grandmothers 1956 Ford Zephyr 6cyl 3 in the tree. She gave it too me in 1982 when I was 14. I did burn outs beside my parents house until the clutch went then sold in later that year for $125. I regret never taking a picture of it. 29 years later at a local swap meet I see an older guy walking around that looks familiar, he is the guy I sold the car too. I asked if he still had it, he said he didn't for sure, he had many of them over the years but still had 5 or 6 on his property. He invited me to come over and have a look so I did and there it was! He attempted to make a convertible out of years ago then lost interest and started parting it out. He allowed me to take some souvenirs off it. At least I have a few pictures now.

  29. ricktard
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 152

    from spokane

    a very off topic 91 geo storm vvvrrroooooommmm
  30. 1963 Mercedes Benz 190 Sedan. Four speed on the column. I could just make it into fourth gear in my parents driveway before having to slam on the brakes before hitting the garage. Ahhh sixteen....

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