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  •  My first car was a 71 bus; 2nd car a 63 ragtop bug (2+ / 0-)
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    Keith930, shesaid

    Yeah- those were some fantastically easy cars to work on.  The 71 bus was cavernous enough that we could haul a dirt bike inside it!

    I especially miss the turquois 63 bug with the sliding clothe sunroof though. Back in those pre-seatbelt days, we'd drive around with the sunroof open, and our 8 year old little brother would stand up with his head sticking out of the large sunroof. The bus was kind of difficult to drive because of the slow engine, slow steering and horrible shifter. The Bug on the other hand, had a light steering wheel and adequate speed. It was very easy to drive.

    •  learned to drive a stick in a VW in San Francisco (0+ / 0-)

      You really had to be inept to dump the clutch in those things.  

      "By your late thirties the ground has begun to grow hard. It grows harder and harder until the day that it admits you.” Thomas McGuane, Nobody's Angel

      by Keith930 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 01:24:34 PM PST

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      •  Much easier in a bug than bus! (0+ / 0-)

        In the bug you could pull up on the hand brake to hold the car on the hill. On the bus, you'd have to pull the under dash handbrake and twist it 90 degree with your left hand, shift with your right hand, and steer with your other hand!

        Reminds me of when they moved the shifter on the motorcycles from the right side to the left side. That totally screwed up my 'San Francisco hills' routine of holding the bike with the left foot brake, holding in the clutch with the left hand, and using the right hand to find neutral or first.

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