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2013-01-29 02:16:47 PM
www.model-t-restore.com
 
2013-01-29 02:45:56 PM

tricycleracer: [www.model-t-restore.com image 850x557]


Years ago I looked at picking up a restored Ford truck from 1915 or thereabouts and it took me 25 minutes just to get comfortable enough with it to drive it 1/2 mile.
 
2013-01-29 02:51:14 PM
Even more stupid than this is the people who go on The Amazing Race and don't know how to drive stick.

/I know, I know, followed by people who watch The Amazing Race
//the wife likes it
///usually there is a token hottie or two
////plus the arguments are entertaining
 
2013-01-29 02:52:30 PM
I wonder if I could get a car outfitted with a 3-speed column shifter.  I could leave the keys in it all the time with zero worry.
 
2013-01-29 02:52:30 PM
In before Manual/Automatic argument!
 
2013-01-29 02:53:22 PM
The automatic transmission was the first step in the downfall of western civilization.
 
2013-01-29 02:54:02 PM

dahmers love zombie: I wonder if I could get a car outfitted with a 3-speed column shifter.  I could leave the keys in it all the time with zero worry.


Until the local Nursing Home escape discovers it.
 
2013-01-29 02:54:06 PM
does this story stink to anyone else? I think I'm going to call BS. Why did the owner try lifting prints on his own?
 
2013-01-29 02:54:58 PM

MindStalker: In before Manual/Automatic argument!




And just!
 
2013-01-29 02:55:07 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-29 02:55:38 PM

MindStalker: In before Manual/Automatic argument!


There is no argument. Unless you're both a spastic and an idiot, manual is better.
 
2013-01-29 02:55:40 PM

dahmers love zombie: I wonder if I could get a car outfitted with a 3-speed column shifter.  I could leave the keys in it all the time with zero worry.


I've had those.
It's great. Because no one can drive them anymore.
I loved it.
 
2013-01-29 02:56:09 PM
Oh, that's just an IQ test. Don't pay it any attention.
 
2013-01-29 02:56:12 PM
I would never buy a manual transmissioned car for this reason, but it's a nice added benefit.

Now, I'll just stick around for the standard manual v automatic debate which will culminate in someone feeling epically superior to everyone else by pointing out that there are hybrid manumatics or something.
 
2013-01-29 02:56:35 PM

dahmers love zombie: I wonder if I could get a car outfitted with a 3-speed column shifter.  I could leave the keys in it all the time with zero worry.


Three on the tree, four on the floor. buy something nice and let me know where you are parking it
 
2013-01-29 02:56:35 PM

maxximillian: does this story stink to anyone else? I think I'm going to call BS. Why did the owner try lifting prints on his own?


Because Florida.
 
2013-01-29 02:58:02 PM
Hmmm.. dont they usually give a description of the perps so that the public can assist in capturing them?
 
2013-01-29 02:58:52 PM

maxximillian: does this story stink to anyone else? I think I'm going to call BS. Why did the owner try lifting prints on his own?


a little, but then i read this final line of the article:

"Randolph says he has more information to give to police, but officers haven't yet returned his calls."

that is kind of infuriating, imo. but yeah, his efforts sound douchy at the very least.
 
2013-01-29 02:59:07 PM
I was just reading that guys post on a Corvette forum.
 
2013-01-29 02:59:09 PM
My new car is a stick for these reasons:

1. I like driving a stick because it makes me feel like a racecar driver, even if I do drive like a non-senile granny.

2. The car was a lot cheaper than the model with automatic.

3. A friend told me her friend was carjacked by three Urban Yoots. They pushed her out of the car, grabbed her purse and were so flustered by it being a standard that they not only left her car, but the kid who had her purse gave it back to her.
 
2013-01-29 02:59:14 PM
They're not so much car thieves as GTA enthusiasts.
 
2013-01-29 02:59:50 PM

eas81: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x818] [i.imgur.com image 651x481]


I've been trying to teach my daughter to drive my manual. I'm considering buying this, the little Learners Driver magnet isn't helping to avoid the honking. BTW people are rude.....
 
2013-01-29 03:01:08 PM
Manual is better owing to the superior porn possibilities.
 
2013-01-29 03:01:18 PM

MindStalker: eas81: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x818] [i.imgur.com image 651x481]

I've been trying to teach my daughter to drive my manual. I'm considering buying this, the little Learners Driver magnet isn't helping to avoid the honking. BTW people are rude.....


In step 2, it helps to not touch the gas pedal until the car is actually moving forward.
 
2013-01-29 03:01:19 PM
While our '08 manual transmission Civic is in the shop this week (cracked block, woohoo!) I rented a 2012 Fiat 500 to get to work. It has this weird shift-if-you-want-to-or-don't shift transmission. It also has a "sport" auto mode. It's like cars today try too hard, or something.

/old
 
2013-01-29 03:01:29 PM

Wellon Dowd: maxximillian: does this story stink to anyone else? I think I'm going to call BS. Why did the owner try lifting prints on his own?

Because Florida.


"Stand Your Ground" gets all the press, but "Do Your Own Police Work" is actually a much worse and lesser known Florida law.
 
2013-01-29 03:01:48 PM
I have owned manual and automatic transmissions and the pleasures of driving one or the other depend solely on the vehicle in which contained.
 
2013-01-29 03:02:13 PM

Wellon Dowd: MindStalker: In before Manual/Automatic argument!

There is no argument. Unless you're both a spastic and an idiot, manual is better.



Not in DC traffic it isn't. I own both, and for driving to and from work - and downtown during the day - automatic is hands down the way to go. Unfortunately my automatic gets about 15 mpg tops (supercharged V6 Buick Regal) and my manual gets around 26 mpg (4 cyl. Honda Accord), so I pretty much have to drive my manual around for work and it sucks.

Now for all other times, or driving somewhere without much traffic, manual is definitely the way to go. Better mileage, more power, more connection with/control of the car... They're just annoying to drive in heavy traffic.
 
2013-01-29 03:02:20 PM
My wife and I should get discounts on our insurance for having manual transmissions!
 
2013-01-29 03:03:35 PM
Apparently, you're not a golfer.

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2013-01-29 03:05:09 PM
Clutch control biatches, learn it.
 
2013-01-29 03:05:17 PM

Bit'O'Gristle: Hmmm.. dont they usually give a description of the perps so that the public can assist in capturing them?


FTFA:  "He started yanking on the door and made me open the door. He kind of flung it open and dragged me out and demanded that I get on the ground... face down, so I couldn't look at him of course."
 
2013-01-29 03:05:32 PM
It's hard to hold your beer and work a stick shift.
 
2013-01-29 03:05:46 PM

MindStalker: dahmers love zombie: I wonder if I could get a car outfitted with a 3-speed column shifter.  I could leave the keys in it all the time with zero worry.

Until the local Nursing Home escape discovers it.


Oh, lulzy mental image! Thanks for that!

"Hold on tight, Ethel, we're outta here!"
 
2013-01-29 03:07:16 PM

dahmers love zombie: I wonder if I could get a car outfitted with a 3-speed column shifter.  I could leave the keys in it all the time with zero worry.


THREE ON THE TREE!
 
2013-01-29 03:07:35 PM
Guy described the pair as "Hansom". They already spared his life once, is he hoping for extra credit just in case?
 
2013-01-29 03:07:46 PM
I miss my manual. They're great in the snow.
 
2013-01-29 03:08:26 PM
Criminal speds from Florida. Unsurprising, yet heartwarming in a way.
 
2013-01-29 03:09:15 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: I have owned manual and automatic transmissions and the pleasures of driving one or the other depend solely on the vehicle in which contained.


Yep. Auto for the daily mind numbing 5mph stop and go rush hour grind and a manual for Sunday fun in the country.
 
2013-01-29 03:09:49 PM
Also, this is the opposite of the carjacking scene from The Philadelphia Experiment:

"Where the hell is the clutch?"
"It's an automatic!"
"What the hell is an automatic?"
 
2013-01-29 03:09:50 PM
My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.
 
2013-01-29 03:10:13 PM

The Flexecutioner: maxximillian: does this story stink to anyone else? I think I'm going to call BS. Why did the owner try lifting prints on his own?

a little, but then i read this final line of the article:

"Randolph says he has more information to give to police, but officers haven't yet returned his calls."

that is kind of infuriating, imo. but yeah, his efforts sound douchy at the very least.


even if he gets the prints, i'm pretty sure he's a breach in the chain of evidence. that shiat will never get in court. but, could be good enough to get someone to confess, granted you have the classic ingredients, unsophisticated criminal + unscrupulous cop.
 
2013-01-29 03:10:40 PM

Frozboz: While our '08 manual transmission Civic is in the shop this week (cracked block, woohoo!) I rented a 2012 Fiat 500 to get to work. It has this weird shift-if-you-want-to-or-don't shift transmission. It also has a "sport" auto mode. It's like cars today try too hard, or something.


It's probably got a dual-clutch transmission. Basically, an automatic manual for people who can't drive manuals.

The theory is that you get the efficiency of a manual and the convenience of an automatic. The reality is usually that you get a car that feels like it's being driven by a 15 year old that never sat in a driver's seat before...
 
2013-01-29 03:10:50 PM
"This is a high performance car compared to other cars, so if they had gotten it, they might have hurt themselves in it."

t.qkme.me
 
2013-01-29 03:11:21 PM
Stick shifts are better for all the other drivers on the road because you can't use a cell phone or eat a taco whilst driving.
/2 cents
 
2013-01-29 03:11:27 PM

namegoeshere: I miss my manual. They're great in the snow.


That too.

FTA : Randolph has a message for the hot rods who tried taking his fast ride, "Guys turn your life around. You guys have got a lot going for you. Thank you for not taking my life...

/ citation needed.
 
2013-01-29 03:12:03 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Frozboz: While our '08 manual transmission Civic is in the shop this week (cracked block, woohoo!) I rented a 2012 Fiat 500 to get to work. It has this weird shift-if-you-want-to-or-don't shift transmission. It also has a "sport" auto mode. It's like cars today try too hard, or something.

It's probably got a dual-clutch transmission. Basically, an automatic manual for people who can't drive manuals.

The theory is that you get the efficiency of a manual and the convenience of an automatic. The reality is usually that you get a car that feels like it's being driven by a 15 year old that never sat in a driver's seat before...


Yeah, I rented one of those and hated it.
 
2013-01-29 03:13:46 PM

shanrick: It's hard to hold your beer and work a stick shift.


Was trying to decide on "Smart" or "Funny", but really, with a little practice, you won't spill a drop!
 
2013-01-29 03:14:23 PM

TomD9938: Random Anonymous Blackmail: I have owned manual and automatic transmissions and the pleasures of driving one or the other depend solely on the vehicle in which contained.

Yep. Auto for the daily mind numbing 5mph stop and go rush hour grind and a manual for Sunday fun in the country.


yeah, i would say the amount of traffic is the bigger deal. other than that, maybe I don't really see any pleasure in driving on public streets. maybe on a track or offroad driving might be fun, but driving as transportation = boring. no transmission is going to change that.
/ manual. it kind of blows in traffic, but is basically the same as normal driving all the rest of the time. maybe i get better gas mileage. other than that, it's only advantage is making the car cheaper to buy
 
2013-01-29 03:14:28 PM

NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.


No old GTIs or Miatas in your part of the world?
 
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