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#9526 of 10048 juke-box-hero
Oct 16, 2012 (4:52 pm)
that's funny with the jukebox-hero, man. also funny is that i got an offer for popular-science for $10/year today. i am probably going to subscribe, to honor you, as well as my lost youth.
my source for manuals-cheaper-to-insure is 'amica' - looong ago... but i haven't gotten a new quote in years. maybe rates are identical today. years ago there was something like a $60 (<5%) difference for an automatic vs manual Z28, near Boston. if you get a couple of VINs of identically-equipped-except-for-transmission new vehicles, you can check/compare with your company. locally it seems that always needs a VIN for an exact quote. please don't mention geico - the company that refuses to insure anyone who owns a radar detector. (also please never mention the susquehanna hat company.)
#9527 of 10048 Re: CAMPAGNOLO: The Future Of The Automatic Transmission [kyfdx]
Oct 16, 2012 (5:39 pm)
'69 Econoline.... manual
steering everything (except transmission - go figure!). That thing is smooth as butter to steer at any speed (greater than about five), but boy is it a chore to maneuver in tight spaces! I've given myself a serious workout more than once trying to get out of a tight spot.
#9528 of 10048 manual transmission 1978 pacer
Oct 17, 2012 (2:47 am)
1978 pacer. manual steering. manual brakes too i think. crank windows. the driver turned engine off at top of Rt 2 hill and rolled down 60 mph for a few miles, took a belmont exit and coasted to the front of one of the original Steve's ice-creams. he had to restart the car to parallel park into the parking spot, however.
#9529 of 10048 Re: manual transmission 1978 pacer [elias]
Oct 17, 2012 (4:03 am)
Rock on indeed. I'd throw my B210GX in neutral at the entrance to a municipal park in the woods where we played softball and get coasting down a dirt road that, if you took the turns just right, you could make it to the field (0.8 miles) with about 3 mph of coast to spare. That little B210 had fewer horsepower than my lawnmower and chainsaw combined, but it coasted better than any car I've owned since. I had an older friend that insisted he could do it with his manual transmission Jaguar E-Type V12. You can guess the bet. I had hot dates every night the next week while he drove around in my yellow B210 with a bag over his head.
Thanks for bringing back that memory.
#9530 of 10048 Re: manual transmission 1978 pacer [elias]
Oct 17, 2012 (6:57 am)
manual steering. manual brakes too
Well, any steering better be "manual". But "manual" brakes may be too much to take , if you are not speaking about the parking brake (which many people wrongly call "emergency" brake).
#9531 of 10048 Re: manual transmission 1978 pacer [habitat1]
Oct 18, 2012 (2:56 am)
you are most welcome, habitat1. I've got Datsun B210 memories too, but probably not so many hot dates in a week!
Two friends had the B210s during 1980s. manual transmissions of course. One needed lots of duct tape to hold the rusted panels onto the car so it would pass inspection.
victor, manual steering means "non-power-steering - no power assist". it was not fun while parking. ok, probably you knew that but it is rather ancient knowledge at this point.
#9532 of 10048 Re: manual transmission 1978 pacer [elias]
Oct 18, 2012 (11:04 am)
I had a 210 coupe, no B in the name. RWD, no power at all (including from the engine).
My wife had a Mitsugishi Mirage at one point with no power steering, so I'd reach over and help her in parking lots!
Oct 18, 2012 (12:42 pm)
Believe it or not I used to have a '76 volare station wagon with the 225 slant six engine. It had 3 on the tree and manual steering. Kinda like driving an old pickup truck, but lower. It is a slug by today's standards, but with no power sapping accessories (no a/c either) and a manual, it would roll most its contemporaries.
#9534 of 10048 Datsun B210GX
Oct 18, 2012 (3:52 pm)
If you are old enough to remember this T.V. ad, you have my condolensces:
We are Driven
#9535 of 10048 Re: Datsun B210GX [habitat1]
Oct 18, 2012 (4:14 pm)
I'd take 48 MPG highway considering gas prices....