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Old 04-28-2009, 08:54 PM
 
Location: NJ
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for all you people that don't know how to drive a stick but would like to learn, watch and read this

Jalopnik - How To Drive A Stick Shift In Ten Easy Steps - manual transmission


YouTube - How To Drive A Stick Shift Car
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Good video.
Nice legs.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:17 PM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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I learned in a 56 Chevy pickup, out in the middle of a hay field where there were no fences. 6-cylinder with 3 on the tree.

You just have to do it.

An no, I didn't have nice legs even then.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:17 PM
 
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I'd like to see her try this.


YouTube - 1972 International 5 and 4 speed Transmission Shifting
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:28 AM
 
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Not the best technique for learning. He should have her start with just the clutch pedal and worry about the gas later. Also, once moving in gear, I would have practiced stopping before getting into 2nd, etc.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Earth
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She's pretty cute.

I agree nice legs...and boots.

I don't know if there is a right or wrong way to teach someone a manual. Really all you can do is explain the (what seems like) zillion things you need to know to someone, then it's up to them to get the hang of it.

It's just like learning how to ride a bicycle.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:02 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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As long as we're kind of on this subject, I have a stick-shift question. Is it OK to lug a gas motor around 400-500 rpm as long as it doesn't stall? I do a lot of stop and go driving including metering lights.
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: West LA
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Yeah, I agree that the only way to learn driving manual is to do it. I think understanding how what you are doing impacts what the car is mechanically doing helps as well.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:39 PM
 
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As long as we're kind of on this subject, I have a stick-shift question. Is it OK to lug a gas motor around 400-500 rpm as long as it doesn't stall? I do a lot of stop and go driving including metering lights.

Lugging in general is bad - it puts strain on the engine components.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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i started learning on my mom's 98 Camaro (6 banger). i was having a tough time, so she offered to pay for me to get lessons with the local student driving school. they stuck me in a well-worn tercel with a 4-speed. the clutch in this thing was really just a suggestions since you had to rev the **** out of it to get it moving and could then DUMP the clutch without any ill effects. by the time i came home, i went from being 'kinda rough' in the Camaro to 'cannot get it moving'. she raised hell and got a refund.

i drive stick all the time now and have no desire to drive anythng else. it's great!

Mike
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