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Old 09-26-2022, 09:08 AM   #1
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who remembers having to push your own car then jump in and pop the clutch to get going?
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:10 AM   #2
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Yep. 1970 El Camino with a 3 on the tree. Good times!
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:16 AM   #3
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And if I wasn't having to push it off I was under the hood trying to unlock the shifter linkage at the firewall.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:19 AM   #4
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A few times I had to do the old push and pop method on my 1970 C-10 GMC. Made you look for a down hill slope to park on.

Wished I still had that old green machine.

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Old 09-26-2022, 09:20 AM   #5
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And if I wasn't having to push it off I was under the hood trying to unlock the shifter linkage at the firewall.
Yep, those three on a tree would jam up from time to time when I tried to speed shift
And sure have pushed a few to get going OP
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:21 AM   #6
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Yep, those three on a tree would jam up from time to time when I tried to speed shift
And sure have pushed a few to get going OP
Lots of good time these young folks will only hear about and never experience
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:23 AM   #7
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The main reason I let my little brother go with me is so he could push . Always park facing downhill.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:25 AM   #8
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'61 Ford Falcon Ranchero. Always park on a slope.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:27 AM   #9
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Still have to do it sometimes.
Have 1997 Chevy S10 5 Speed on the floor!!
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:28 AM   #10
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71 duster 340 3 speed.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:29 AM   #11
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68 Camaro, did it several times unfortunately.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:30 AM   #12
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Did it a few times with a 97 Ranger
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:31 AM   #13
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I remember a 52 model army jeep we always parked on a hill at the place just in case.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:46 AM   #14
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Many times. All the vehicles I owned as a teenager were POS. I bought my first brand new vehicle when I was 21, 1984 Camaro. I havenít owned a used vehicle since. Those vehicles in my teenage years scarred me bad. I canít stand turning a wrench on a vehicle.


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Old 09-26-2022, 09:51 AM   #15
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yup...
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:53 AM   #16
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Had a buddy with a ‘50 model flathead ford, 6volt system. I swear we push started that sucker more than it ever started with the starter.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:55 AM   #17
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68 Camaro, did it several times unfortunately.
Yep, always tried to park backed in and on an incline. It didnít like to start when it was hot.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:55 AM   #18
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Did for a while on my 91 f150.
Didn't have money for a battery for a few months.
My wife (girlfriend at time) was extremely embarrassed when I'd park in back parking lot so I could get a running start. Lol.

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Old 09-26-2022, 10:00 AM   #19
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Not a car but an old 80's model 3 wheeler and our John Deer 1010 tractor. Not sure if I have been in more trouble than the day my Dad had me pull that old tractor with our Jeep Wagoneer to get it started. I was maybe 11 or 12, and we hooked up the chain and I eased into it and got it going and my Dad was on the tractor, popped the clutch and got it started and so I just figured we were done and slammed on the brakes. Needless to say, the chain wasn't that long and he plowed right into the back of me and busted both front tires. He was a little fired up....
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:02 AM   #20
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In college I had a 1970 Triumph GT6 that had electrical problems causing the battery to die quite often. I could neither figure it out or afford to pay somebody to figure it out so I push-started it for several months. Fortunately that thing was as light as a golf cart so on flat ground I could easily run along pushing on the open driver's door, jump in, dump the clutch and take off. As mentioned above, girls were not impressed
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:07 AM   #21
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Worked on a 97 F250 with the 460 and 5 spd, that 1st gear was loooooww
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:12 AM   #22
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Oh, the good ol days !
At least we had options.
Now if your battery or starter out, your just down.
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:15 AM   #23
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I also Remember turning the key thinking you had it in neutral, but it was actually in gear & then lurched forward making your heart skip a beat.
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:20 AM   #24
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Did it with a 76 Jeep CJ5 and an 81 Toyota truck in high school (used their starter batteries for a trolling motor battery in a beater, leaking, JB Weld covered 14' jon boat fishing with no gas motor) around the hill country area. Continued that all the way up until 1993 in college when I was using my truck battery for a trolling motor battery at Lake Ray Roberts. I did that in a 1989 Chevy Cheyenne then. I'd carry that bastage from the truck in the parking lot all the way down the Buck Creek boat ramp stairs to my beater 16' jon boat to bass fish and back up to get it installed and jump started. Never got stranded thankfully although I played with fire for a long time doing that. I popped more clutches than the average guy for sure. Needless to say the battery post nuts were always almost rounded off in my vehicles.

Bought a used 1976 Ranger tri-hull for $1500 in 1993 that let me pay it out and put trolling motor batteries in it so I never had to mess with it again. Poor college kid had poor college kid ways if they want to fish..

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Old 09-26-2022, 10:25 AM   #25
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Did it a few times with a 97 Ranger

84 Chevy S10 here! More times with 4 wheelers than the truck though thankfully!!
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:31 AM   #26
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Many times with my '74 F100 with three on the tree. Another fun trick was cruising down the road at highway speed, throw it in neutral, turn off the key, pump the gas a few times, then fire the ignition. I could usually get a pretty sweet backfire out of her and scare the crap out of the person in the lane next to me.
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:44 AM   #27
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Many times with my '74 F100 with three on the tree. Another fun trick was cruising down the road at highway speed, throw it in neutral, turn off the key, pump the gas a few times, then fire the ignition. I could usually get a pretty sweet backfire out of her and scare the crap out of the person in the lane next to me.
Had to weld up the exhaust manifold a few times doing that.
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:57 AM   #28
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Many times with my '74 F100 with three on the tree. Another fun trick was cruising down the road at highway speed, throw it in neutral, turn off the key, pump the gas a few times, then fire the ignition. I could usually get a pretty sweet backfire out of her and scare the crap out of the person in the lane next to me.

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Old 09-26-2022, 11:05 AM   #29
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Had to weld up the exhaust manifold a few times doing that.
I did unzip a muffler once
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:20 AM   #30
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My father and his stupid 60’s vw bugs! Every school morning and to church on sundays! I think that junky corvair he had was the same way. Good Times lol
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:22 AM   #31
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You guys are babies. My first car was a 31 model A, 5 window. Starter was shot but I had a crank. We did push start it when we couldnt get it to crank up. Harder to start than an old Harley.
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:31 AM   #32
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List would be a lot shorter if you had ask who has never done it.

Who all hasn't put a screwdriver across a solenoid to get one started?
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:37 AM   #33
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List would be a lot shorter if you had ask who has never done it.

Who all hasn't put a screwdriver across a solenoid to get one started?
The first time I did that I used a cheap old pair of pliers and my palm was dead center of the working end. It put a perfect weld in the center of my palm lol! Hard lesson learned @ 15
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Old 09-26-2022, 12:58 PM   #34
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I started driving on a 47 Willys jeep. Kept a chain wrapped around the front bumper for pull starting it. The stars had to be lined up with the moons of Uranus to get it to start off the battery.
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Old 09-26-2022, 12:59 PM   #35
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List would be a lot shorter if you had ask who has never done it.

Who all hasn't put a screwdriver across a solenoid to get one started?
Had a friend get run over by his own truck doing this.
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Old 09-26-2022, 01:11 PM   #36
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Also me and my friends did our own repairs on those old clunkers we drove in high school.
Changed points and plugs, packed wheel bearings, changed brake pads, etc.
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Old 09-26-2022, 01:29 PM   #37
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67 VW Fastback.
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Old 09-26-2022, 01:32 PM   #38
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Yep. 1970 El Camino with a 3 on the tree. Good times!
That was my first car too. It had a 307 in it.
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Old 09-26-2022, 01:41 PM   #39
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The first time I did that I used a cheap old pair of pliers and my palm was dead center of the working end. It put a perfect weld in the center of my palm lol! Hard lesson learned @ 15
Yuuup. This is exactly what I was going to add. Back when the starter solenoid was eight dollars and you didnít have eight dollars. 😂
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It was not very often, but yes, I could if needed.
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Old 09-26-2022, 03:46 PM   #41
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Did that so many times I couldn't even count. Had an old Ford tractor that after a while I began to think that the screwdriver across the solenoid points was the way it was suppose to start.
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Old 09-26-2022, 03:52 PM   #42
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70 model Chevy SWB pickup with "three on the tree"
Always looked for a spot with a little downhill slope and pointed out of space

Also broke the shifter and for a few weeks it was make sure you never got in a position you needed to back out of, take off in 2nd and shift to 3rd
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:25 PM   #43
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Pepperidge Farm does.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:29 PM   #44
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I remember light dimmers on the floor and my dad had an old truck with the starter button on the floor.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:39 PM   #45
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List would be a lot shorter if you had ask who has never done it.

Who all hasn't put a screwdriver across a solenoid to get one started?
I've seen two guys die doing that. One stopped his heart and the other got ran over. Never will do that one.

I had an 80s model Chevy and the ignition went out while it was running, key turned back and came out. Some old codger we were with gave me a pair of "electrician's" gloves and told me to pull the main wire on the distributor cap. The truck shut off, but not before hammering me about 10 times as the engine came to a stop. I didn't think it was near as funny as he did.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:39 PM   #46
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Had to do that with my 66 chevy pickup a few times lol.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:43 PM   #47
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Also works on wheelers.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:48 PM   #48
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I miss the high beam button on the floor board...
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:55 PM   #49
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1968 VW Bug, no AC, faded tan paint. Dad paid $200 for it as we had to push start it often. I was embarrassed to drive it but didn't care since it was my ticket to go visit friends and party.
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