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Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
I dunno "The youth of today."

At the age of seventeen in the 50s I bought my first car, a pre-war Austin seven.
Most pre-war cars like this had a non-syncromesh gear box.

So to change down you had to depress the clutch, rev the engine until it matched the speed of the gear you were going to select, depress the clutch again, engage the gear and release the clutch. The action was known as "double de-clutching."
Now that's what you call "Manual." No one thought anything of it, as many cars on the road in the UK were still pre-war.

Modern non- automatic cars are a piece of cake to drive.
Does a 1970 VW Type III with fried synchros between first and second gear count? That was my first car and how I learned to double-clutch shift. :D
 

Doghouse Riley

Junior Member
@Doghouse Riley wow how did they manage uphill start back then?


It's quite simple,

Hold it on the hand brake.
Depress the clutch.
Rev the engine. "Heeling and toeing" both the accelerator and and the footbrake with the right foot. (heel on the brake, toe on the accelerator)
Change gear
Take off the handbrake,
Disengage the clutch.
At the same time take your foot off the brake as you give it more gas as you draw away

I had an uncle (who taught me to drive on a private road when I was fourteen). who drove trucks during the war. When the army taught him to drive in trucks with "crash gearboxes" as non-syncromesh ones were commonly called, when it came to practicing hill starts, the instructor took the trainee's packet of cigarettes and put them just behind one of the back wheels of the truck. He said he soon learned not to roll backwards.
 
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MikeT.

Senior Member
It's probably bad form to quote oneself, but it strikes me that in this day and age there's probably some in the general populace who wouldn't understand that I'm referring to automotive parts.

Not Havenites of course.
My beautiful wife said something the other day which just cracked me up. “Even though I am a sixty-something, I’m identifying as a 35 year old.“.
 

David

Moderator
The aftermarket mobridge system doesn’t stream music via BT. But it has the ancient 30 pin iPod connection. I bought this product called BoVee 1000 that’s a plug and play type BT receiver device into the 30 pin connection. Worked a treat, but for some reason telephone calls wouldn’t stream. Oh well who wants to talk on phone anyway. This marked my one of very few audio related purchase btw.
 

David

Moderator
So this BoVee thing is turning out to be a bit of dud because I can rarely have it paired with my phone...weird.
 

StevenZ

Active Member
A little trick I used to do when starting uphill. Grab the e-brake and pull it all the way back. Toss it in first and as I'm disengaging the clutch and giving throttle I would start to gently release the e-brake. Worked every time.
 

David

Moderator
A little trick I used to do when starting uphill. Grab the e-brake and pull it all the way back. Toss it in first and as I'm disengaging the clutch and giving throttle I would start to gently release the e-brake. Worked every time.
Thanks, the way I learned (or read on the net) was that I need to give some gas before releasing the clutch. Did you find that giving the gas after a little clutch release worked just fine?
 

StevenZ

Active Member
Thanks, the way I learned (or read on the net) was that I need to give some gas before releasing the clutch. Did you find that giving the gas after a little clutch release worked just fine?
Yep. I also sometimes would constantly have the clutch slightly out and slight throttle to hold position when stopped at an incline. Probably not good in the long term but it works too.
 

David

Moderator
So o figured how to get Bovee1000 work. A little clumsy but my only other option would be an FM transmitter the SQ of which sucks full stop.

Today I did a little tour chasing a pack of bikies blasting my favourite recording of Mahler 8 Symphony. The car stereo system is a Bose one which is pretty decent.

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Was chasing them bikies cuz my gf is one:

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