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Stick or automatic?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Barsteel, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Deadbird
    Joined: Jul 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,107


    No more automatics for me. Manual trans is where it's at.
  2. 29sportcoupe
    Joined: Jan 14, 2008
    Posts: 350

    from arizona

    I'm rowing with 5 after yanking a c4 out. Perfection.
  3. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,673

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    If I didn’t prefer stick my chick would dump me …. that’s all she drives :D
  4. monkeyspunk79
    Joined: Jan 2, 2011
    Posts: 553


    I've always been a stick fan because its cheaper to throw a clutch in & keep driving than it is to rebuild a slushbox. After tearing into a TH350 in shop class and seeing the valve body & fluid passages I got spooked. No way am I ever going to rebuild one of those things....
  5. Too much traffic in SoCal, so my daily has a 700R4. But I do have a 5speed to replace the T-10 in my 55.
  6. Jimmy2car
    Joined: Nov 26, 2003
    Posts: 1,707

    from No. Cal

    4 speed for me with an O/D behind that. It's the best of all worlds
  7. jfrolka
    Joined: Oct 4, 2007
    Posts: 897


    clutch pedal and a 3 on the tree with an OD for me
  8. T.L.
    Joined: May 24, 2011
    Posts: 206

    from Colorado

    I have no use for manual transmissions...
  9. river1
    Joined: May 12, 2001
    Posts: 855


    depends on the builds purpose. my 53 chevy will be a road cruiser and will get an auto, of course not a lot of caddy 500s have manuals behind them. my 29 tudor will be more of a "hot rod" and will be getting a T5 if my size 13 feet and three pedals can be made to fit

    everyone has different reasons and will get no grief from me on their choices

    later jim
  10. Pedal car for me. No one has even mentioned that stick cars sound way better when they/you shift them.
  11. Especially when the engines on song, they/you are banging through the gears of a close ratio box an it sounds like every gear is first. Better heard than explained!
  12. 3 pedals for me = a real car, Ive owned a few autos and still have 2 but I really love the manual gear boxes.
  13. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,863


    Got my driver's license in 1964,never owned a vehicle with an auto trans.My wife drove a friend's car and had a hard time dealing with the just put it in drive and go :D
    A hot rod with two pedals just ain't right.
    But buy and drive what you want .......
  14. cayager
    Joined: Feb 10, 2012
    Posts: 293


    last model A had an auto. the current model A is getting a lenco 4 speed, so well see how that goes
  15. Boryca
    Joined: Jul 18, 2011
    Posts: 612

    from Detroit

    I'll have to go with the stick. It's just that much more fun to drive. Just being able to drop it in second and tear around a corner - or on ramp, as the case may be - makes it worth it.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 7,820


    Stick or auto, chocolate or vanilla, Frank or Dean, bacon or sausage, 3W or 5W Deuce. All the same question, right?
  17. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,932


    4-speed stick is going into my '36 3-window
  18. Doesn't matter to me as long as I look cool behind the wheel. And I'm ok with it being all in my head...................................Agreed,I had enough of shifting, stickin' it in dr. and hammerin' it is much easier and less to get my feet tanngled up in.
  19. jazzfidelity
    Joined: Sep 19, 2011
    Posts: 371


    cool thread.. perception is everything.. i love seeing mid 60s biscaynes with factory four speeds and also very rare 1959 Bonneville convertibles with 3-on the tree. i dug the hard clunk shifting on my '55 Pontiac's 4-speed hydramatic, and i like the smooth dyna-slush on the 60 Electra..
  20. 39 All Ford
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,531

    39 All Ford
    from Benton AR

    Simple for me,,,

    Auto in my 55 Lincoln, cruise.....

    Stick in my 39 Coupe, Hot Rod...

    (Not to say an auto wont hot rod, because it will), but what I am saying is that a manual in my 55 would be way out of character for that car.
  21. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    Automatics are for daily drivers in traffic. I want to decide what gear I should be in and I love listening to the pipes as I use the engine to slow the hotrod down. I'm still a kid and love to run it up in second and let off on it. I'll never grow up.

    My 56 will be 3 on the tree w/OD. Hopefully a longer distance driver. My 34 P/U is a T-5 for better MPGs also.
  22. SlamIam
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 402


    I'll mention it. The gear whine of a 4-speed is a drug. The sounds of an old 3-pedal car are a big part of why I enjoy them.
  23. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,208

    from Sultan, WA

    Clutch hydro..... But stick in all my other projects....
    Joined: Aug 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,411


    My pick up is a 4 speed stick and I love driving it but in traffic it kind of sucks. I have a 66 chevelle with a high reving roller small block that has a th400 with a manual valve body so you still have to up and down shift. I have been thinking of a tko600 or a t-56 for more control and good highway maners but its too expensive. Hot rods have to have 3 pedals and one is not a parking brake. Stick all the way just dont get carried away with a high friction clutch.
  25. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,475


    I went with auto cause i found a good one for cheap,,and I have driven big trucks for 30+ years,,shifting gears is over-rated. My last hotrod had a 4 speed,,cause that's what it came with
  26. Zandoz
    Joined: Jan 23, 2012
    Posts: 307


    In my younger days I said I'd never have an automatic. Somewhere along about 20 or so years ago I relented and got an automatic because I needed the car to be able to be driven by family who'd never driven a stick. By about 10 years ago I was firmly in the "No sticks for me" camp. Now, with degenerative joint disease, I couldn't drive a stick if I wanted to.

    One of the few things certain in life is change.
  27. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,489


    Sticks are for rods.

    Autos are for customs.

    But that's just me.

    When I pull the Jimmy 302 with the T5 out of my truck for rebuilding, the combo will be replaced with a Nailhead 322 and rockcrusher. I'm all about the sights and sounds.
    Joined: Aug 22, 2011
    Posts: 1,244

    from mass

    I'm in the middle of changing from a TH350 auto to a Muncie 4-speed in my coupe.
    Auto in my new(er) daily driver and sticks in the rest. My wife drives a 6-speed too.
  29. Auto in my 56- cruiser
    Stick in my Shelby- muscle car
  30. 28 chevy
    Joined: Mar 5, 2006
    Posts: 512

    28 chevy
    from NE Pa

    Drove dump truck for 10 years. Never want to shift anything again

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