frmrCapCadet wrote:RIP - predeceased by hand cranking, spark control, air/gas mixture. The passing of the ICE will be even more momentous. The US fleet will be showing signs by the end of 2025.
I just missed the manual choke era. My '74 Duster could have used one, the automatic choke would open too soon and the engine would stall out.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:Automatics killed the hand brake which was needed for managing hills. Set the hand brake, put it in gear, release the hand brake as you let out the clutch. Trucks have what we called in the fire service, a trolley brake because it was on the steering column and used for the same purpose. Last time I drove a standard, rented in the very hilly Canaries, it all came back in about one start.
All in all I drove manuals for a good decade and never used that move. Just keep the foot on the brake, have the hand ready to shift, then do the quick foot move from brake to clutch if the person isn't right on your behind, or, if needed, the old "foot on the brake and the clutch at the same time" move. I had a light that was on a steep uphill on my daily commute for quite a while and got quite good at both of these moves.