He Drives a Duesenberg

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07 Sep 2010 14:24 #17886 by Chris Summers
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One of my "dirty little secrets," as far as ACD is concerned, has been that I can't drive a manual transmission. No one in my family ever learned how, except for my late grandfather and two aunts who live considerable distances away, and so I never learned.

Bill Parfet decided that it was a shame that the Club's Duesenberg Historian couldn't drive a Duesenberg. So, Saturday evening after the steak fry, he taught me to "drive a stick" - using JN Convertible Coupe J-564 / 2589. I managed to make it into second gear during a few demonstration laps around the Auburn Gear parking lot. I didn't grind gears, although I did manage to stall the old girl a couple of times.

More lessons are planned for this summer. Anyone who doubts just how great this Club is...how many people would teach a 21-year-old to drive a stick shift, using an original SJ?

Thank you, Bill!

(Photos below by Brad Janousek.)






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07 Sep 2010 19:13 #17897 by alsancle
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Chris, you certainly picked a cool & tough car to learn on. Synchros made life a lot easier in later transmissions.

Btw, I built a model of that exact car about 35 years ago.

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07 Sep 2010 19:18 #17898 by Joel
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Chris, that was great. First you tell me that you can't drive a car with a stick, I encouage you to try and learn it, you sounded like you had no interest in ever trying. Then an hour later I see you cruise by in that beautiful Duesy! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> I for sure did a double take on that one! :D

You keep it up, next year we'll have you changing oil and spark plugs! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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07 Sep 2010 19:27 #17899 by Chris Summers
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A.J.:
It was easier than I expected, although we were shifting rather leisurely. Bill chose that particular car out of his three because it has 18,000 actual miles and, so he said, shifts the best of any of them.

After that night's party, I got in my 2003 Mitsubishi for the drive back to Ft. Wayne. All I could think about was, [i:3boq928x]Wow, this thing feels cheap![/i:3boq928x] :D

Joel:
Oh no, I had interest in DRIVING, what I have no interest in is mechanical work on cars. I'm a bookworm who can't stand getting his hands dirty and doesn't have the patience to restore a car or rebuild an engine. I admire great mechanics, machinists, and restorers for that reason. Their jobs would drive me to drink. It's also the main reason I don't judge at Auburn: I don't feel I'm remotely qualified to judge the work of someone whose skills I lack.

If I ever wind up with an ACD car, that will change by necessity, because I likely won't be able to afford to pay someone to work on it.

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07 Sep 2010 19:41 #17902 by Mike Dube
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You are one lucky dog !!!

We made it home from Auburn in record time (for us) this year. We avg'd a little better than 40 MPH, made about three stops, running 55-58 by the gps for much of the way.

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07 Sep 2010 20:10 #17908 by Chris Summers
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That old brown Auburn does good! How is the fuel economy? Kellie Janousek said her 1935 851 coupe gets at least 19 mpg.

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