Going 150 miles to pick up a manual car. Never driven a manual car. Will I be okay?

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  1. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Because otherwise my high quality toyota tercel (/s) wouldnt go in gear? (20 years ago, study of 1, but no manuals ive had since then objected to it or were harmed by it)
     
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  3. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    Just rev her up to about 3500 RPM, pop the clutch and hang on.

    :D:D:D:D:D:D:D
     
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  4. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    I did whatever: single clutch, double clutch, float out and clutch in, rev it up on a downshift etc. As long as the clutch is pushed when putting it back in gear it ain't hurting the synchros.
     
  5. jdchet

    jdchet Medium Load Member

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    Some of the older cars with "3 on the tree" required a double clutch to downshift into first if you were moving. No synchro in first gear. Had a '64 Chevy Biscayne with a 6 cyl. that had some long gear in the rear end and going around a slow corner first gear was preferred. That old boat would stroll down the highway though! My grandfather bought the car new and he didn't believe in any frills! The car had exactly ONE option on it! A glove box light! No radio, nothin' else!

    JD
     
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  6. Hatt91

    Hatt91 Light Load Member

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    Depending on how the clutch is set up, you have to push the pedal to the floor with every shift.

    You can’t start in second or third, you gotta start in first gear, LOL

    you can burn out a clutch in a car faster than in a truck. So when you first start it up, you should really check to see where the engage point is and how quickly it engages
     
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  7. rockeee

    rockeee Light Load Member

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    Ok I'll bite. Who usually recommends double clutching in a little car? Not saying I know but I have never heard of this.
     
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  8. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    My father did, his father did, might be that im assuming that what one side of my family did and taught was generally the recommendation. It does certainly work, transmissions wrecked 0, but guess that is not actually the norm.
     
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  9. Val_Caldera

    Val_Caldera Road Train Member

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    Yes, you can, until you cannot.
    Just be the "Little Old Lady From Pasadena", without the Speeeeeeed Demoooooon or Highway Star parts, or the Smokies will slow your travels.
     
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  10. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

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    BE SURE AND REPORT BACK AND LET US KNOW IF THE CLUTCH SURVIVED THE TRIP !
     
  11. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Road Train Member

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    That is kinda funny. Drives large truck with manual no problem but never drove a car with a manual.
    Kinda reminds me of a diesel truck technician I used to use. He liked reminding people that he was NOT an "auto mechanic" but a "diesel truck technician " he claimed he wouldn't know how to install a hubcap or change a light bulb on an automobile. Pretty funny.
     
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