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    Automatic or Manual Transmission

    So for your BOV do have a manual transmission or an automatic and why.

    For me it is a manual . I notice that a lot of folks no longer drive manual transmissions so for me it is somewhat of a security measure.
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    I drove trucks for years. 10 speeds and more. At my age I have earned an automatic.
    My GMC pickup is 4WD and auto, off road kit, HD towing package.
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    I drove manual's until about twenty years ago, changed from a Bronco to a Grand Cherokee, but still had the F150 with 4 speed.

    When I changed the truck for a second Jeep, that ended the manual's.

    Like @rice paddy daddy , I drove many different manuals including dual range ones over six decades (I am older than him).

    When I started automatics were rare and Chrysler products had a clutch to go with theirs.

    The first automatic was a 1951 Ford Custom with a Fordomatic tranny.

    They would not then take much abuse before burning out plates.

    Today's automatics are pretty rugged and reliable, at least I don't have to replace clutches and pilot bearing anymore.

    You are less likely to break up a torque converter than frying a clutch plate and disc trying to get unstuck somewhere.
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    Yup. I can remember when automatics were an option you had to factory order and pay extra for.
    Like the old Chevy two speed.
    All autos were called slush boxes back in the day.
    They are so much improved today it's like comparing the Wright Flyer to an F-16.
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    Ill go auto - much more resilient today and requires less PMCS vs a manual tranny. Not that manuals are cheap but autos greatly reduce the chance of be breaking a flywheel, clutch or linkage

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    I would prefer a manual for a SHTF rig. Mainly for being able to push, pull or roll it down a hill to get the rig started if needed. However right now I have an auto. Finding a 4x4 van was hard enough, manual trans, forget about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rice paddy daddy View Post
    Yup. I can remember when automatics were an option you had to factory order and pay extra for.
    Like the old Chevy two speed.
    All autos were known called slush boxes back in the day.
    They are so much improved today it's like comparing the Wright Flyer to an F-16.
    2 speed old chevys with the powerglide transmission. Had a couple of them.

    Many stick shifts in my day. 1947 Chevy straight 6 step side 4 speed granny gear , 66 Chevy stepside V6 jimmy 4 speed granny gear, 71 Cougar 351 Cleveland 4 speed with Hurst shifter, tons of 3 on the trees just to name a couple.

    Sticks in todays traffic probably would be a pain in the butt. Full auto now. But a clutch is like riding a bike you never forget.
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    In most cases today auto pull more than a manual . They generally hold up better and longer. Even in large vehicles Auto's have taken over a lot of ground. Army vehicles almost all auto's now. To darn hard to drink coffee and shift at the same time .
    Every thing except the bikes around here is auto .
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    My pick up is manual tranny
    My Civic is auto
    Hell, anybody can do that. Hold my beer I'll prove it

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    I stick with a manual for the BOV, less to break. The automatic has the following problems trans cooler in front of the rad, oil pan underneath, and hard to repair. Replacing a clutch isn't that hard. I've also seen setups that allow removal of the shifter when you leave. Makes it pretty hard to steal if you can't put it in gear.

 

 
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