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Old 05-13-2011, 06:05 PM   #51
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Well, I'm old enough to remember $0.15 - $0.20 per gallon.
Glad to hear your memory is holding up . Guess you remember running boards, manual spark advance / retard control, manual chokes, and manual throttle control, mechanical shock absorbers, mechanical brakes, vacuum powered windshield wipers, flower vases on roof supports and ... (I forgot).
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:13 PM   #52
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Thanks. Okay, I understand why one might want to double clutching when accelerating, but why would double clutching help when down shifting? Doesn't the double clutching allow the revs to go up?

At least it sounds easier than "bang shifting"
I can teach you the fun of double clutching when we meet up this summer <g>. Provided your car insurance covers driving in Ontario <g>.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:46 PM   #53
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Glad to hear your memory is holding up . Guess you remember running boards, manual spark advance / retard control, manual chokes, and manual throttle control, mechanical shock absorbers, mechanical brakes, vacuum powered windshield wipers, flower vases on roof supports and ... (I forgot).

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I'm not that old!

I got my license in '62 and my first car was a '58 Chevy. While it did have vacuum wipers, all that other stuff was already a part of automotive history.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:18 AM   #54
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Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I'm not that old!

I got my license in '62 and my first car was a '58 Chevy. While it did have vacuum wipers, all that other stuff was already a part of automotive history.
I got my license in '66. I remember running boards. Our neighbours had an old black car they called "the bomb" and it had running boards. It was old in the '50s.

I remember a car we had with push button automatic transmission. It was a 1957 Plymouth Fury.

I also remember wind wings, those little triangular windows That pivoted, in front of the regular crank up and down window. I wish we still had those.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:26 AM   #55
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Yes, like my posts said, it revs the engine, then when you downshift it prevents tire chirping, or locking up the tires. The engine will brake the car quickly, but without the sudden lurching/slowing down associated with downshifting too quickly. And if done correctly, you can skip a gear. This way you can hold your speed longer before entering a corner and be in the right gear in the corner and when you leave. And never have to touch the brake.
Of course, nobody drives that way anymore unless they are getting paid for it.
That's how I used to drive the Nova...
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Being a Brit and in touch with my feminine side I think women are better drivers.
My proof, I have never seen a woman picking her nose at traffic lights
Ps I did see a lady in Athens shaving as she drove which goes to prove that women can multi task.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:06 AM   #57
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$3.89 per gallon (89) here in SE South Dakota
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:25 AM   #58
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That's how I used to drive the Nova...
I learned to drive using a Nova. Also a Mustang, and one of the early Pontiac LeMans.
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:05 AM   #59
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Well, I'm old enough to remember $0.15 - $0.20 per gallon.
I remember $0.19 a gallon gas....Before I got my DL I had an older buddy that had a VW Bug.....Three of us would chip in $0.50 for gas, and we would ride all over three counties...chasing women, and drinking ....was it $0.25 Country Clubs? anyway, and eating $0.10 Krystal Burgers
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:32 AM   #60
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$1.29/liter = $4.87 a US gallon here. Did I mention I'm in the heart of oil country?

The cheapest I can ever recall is $.39/liter = $1.47 gallon and that was during a gas war when I was 15.
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