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- Central Virginia
- 2019 CX-5 Reserve
haha... 3-on the tree...those were fun! You're showing your age. I'd learned the art on an ancient chevy p/u. Manual steering, manual brakes and 3-on-the-tree. Years later I owned a 66 Malibu/Chevelle that had it. Sooo much slop in those linkages by the time I'd operated either of them, made for some interesting situations!
I learned to drive on a '64 American station wagon. Flathead 6, column shift, absolutely zero compression. It would bog down going up steep hills. You would downshift all the way to (non-synchronized) 1st gear. I'd tell you how much oil that thing burned, but someone with respiratory ailments who reads this might have a Cause-of-Action against me! Conversely, if you never got malaria, you might have me to thank.
My father had a penchant for offbeat cars (Simca, Vauxhall, International Travelall.) We also had a couple of Studebakers (Lark, no Golden Hawk or Avante).
He had a couple of Nash Metropolitans with column shift (front wheel drive, transverse-mounted 948cc engines). I recall playing in them as a kid. You had no idea where the gears were. It was like stirring a cup of coffee.