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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 03:49 PM

The worst thing about parallel parking is

witnesses!

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Reply The worst thing about parallel parking is (Original post)
Floyd R. Turbo Thursday OP
hlthe2b Thursday #1
sdfernando Thursday #3
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Wounded Bear Thursday #13
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bluecollar2 Friday #19
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Lochloosa Thursday #7
DashOneBravo Friday #17
OnDoutside Thursday #9
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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 03:51 PM

1. Yeah... and those laughing at the multiple attempts all have self-parking cars.



Actually, I used to be quite good at it when I lived in an area when on-street parking was the norm, but I am surely out of practice now.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:05 PM

3. The very first manual transmission car I ever bought

as while I was living in San Francisco....at the top of Noe St. I had to learn to work the clutch quickly on those hills and to parallel park. I'm still an expert at this all these years later.

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:16 PM

6. Hah. I was a teen when I bought my first car--a manual and my Dad was po'd because

he didn't approve of the car make I was buying (no, it wasn't a sports car, but still he wasn't happy). So, having never learned to drive a manual, he dropped me off at the dealership to pick it up. And in my naivete' I learned the hard way on that teeth-grinding drive home (by myself). Not San Francisco level hills, but quite a few nonetheless and yikes! I do feel sorry for those behind me.

But, I surely learned what I needed to learn by the time I got home and my Dad did NOT get to say "I told you so"...LOL

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:38 PM

8. Manual transmission was a breeze for me to learn.

I knew the theory behind it and how it worked. So when I got my 1st crack at it, all I had to really get was the sensitivity of the clutch pedal and I was off....Now, taking my first drive in a 3 on the column GMC pickup was...I'll say....."interesting" and leave it at that.

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 08:37 PM

13. Scene from one of my favorite cop movies, Bullitt...

Steve McQueen parallel parks his Mustang, on a downhill, on the driver's side, in one try.



Of course, nobody knows how many takes it took.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:45 PM

16. Or how many clutches

I still remember that smell...

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 11:47 PM

19. I got my license in San Francisco

Parallel parking on a hill was part of my test.

I did it on 24th Street and Grandview in a Datsun B210 manual.

Almost forgot to curb the wheels but remembered at the last minute.

Went for an automatic as soon as I could afford it..

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:02 PM

2. I got a good laugh out of this...besides being pretty good at Parallel Parking (my other half...

is much better too than I), driving in the urban city takes a little getting used to, the streets are more narrower (usually you have 1.5 lanes, not two full lanes to drive down/up, parking of course is usually parallel)...you can always tell when someone is not from the city, by looking at the way they are driving! Thanks for the laugh!

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:09 PM

4. You got that right, LOL!

Source: I can't parallel park.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:14 PM

5. I quit parallel parking years before quiting smoking but after I quit drinking.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:18 PM

7. I have a '92 F150...all steel. I just don't care what I hit.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:11 PM

17. +1

I’ve got a 10 year old truck with Ranch Hard bumpers

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:47 PM

9. In Paris there's a saying that the only undented cars are those still

in the showroom ! Parallel parking there is a sight to behold.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 06:20 PM

10. PFFFT on that. i parallel parked a 73 chrysler new yorker, tho i did more in my 72 + 73 olds deltas.

not in the 70's but 90's. the new yorker not so bad cause the corners had little lights. it was a barge tho. i bet it was as long or longer than an escalade. never had a problem. i know my 72 delta 88 was longer than a 90's ford truck. did not fit the 20's garage, so parked on a alley slab. daily parking.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 10:12 PM

14. I had to take my driver's test in Mom's 1964 Cadillac Sedan deVille four door

The DMV tester guy was impressed I parked it perfectly the first time. That car was at least eighteen feet long - the same length as my GMC Suburban.

Now I can't remember the last time I parallel parked a vehicle. It has to be decades ago. When I have to take the driver's test next time, I hope that isn't part of the test - if it is, I will have to go to a class to re-learn how to do it. For certain, the Suburban will stay home and I will rent/borrow a very small car to take the test. I'm thinking a Mini would be perfect.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:56 PM

11. I had always been intimidate by parallel parking.

Not sure why, I was never involved in any traumatic parking situation s a teen or anything. Nevertheless, I avoided it whenever possible, often circling until I could find two spots for an easier pull-in. But, then....

I had driven with some family to Boulder CO, and being the older person I am, I knew the Mork & Mindy house was somewhere in Boulder, and dammit, I wanted to see it. We get to the house and, sure enough, damn near every parking spot on the street was taken. Only one remained and the cars on either end had pulled up to the lines, meaning I would have to park perfectly in order to utilize the spot. I won't bore you with my heroics, but damn, I nailed it! Six inches of space on either end of my car, and the tires flush against the curb. It was a thing of beauty. And this, after decades of not having attempted a parallel park.

I'm not ashamed to say that I just had to walk around a bit and admire it.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:58 PM

12. Outlaw it! My stepdaughter, she of the car phobia, went to a little town with few cars and no highwa

To take her driver's test. She did well...but bombed the parallel parking! The tester gave her a license, but told her not to parallel park! I guarantee she hasn't!

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:37 PM

15. I cannot parallel park

My car never ends up parallel, but the tail ends up half way in the street. Then when I try to straighten it out, the front end ends up in the street. I do this numerous times until I finally give up and find another place to park.

I failed my driver's test because of it. The next attempt, I went to another town where they didn't have parallel parking and passed.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:34 PM

18. is ... other cars :)

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 08:49 AM

20. I enjoy parallel parking

just because it’s a little puzzle to solve, and the right technique properly applied always works. Plus my garage is full of books and junk, so street parking is a daily necessity.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 08:50 AM

21. A 1976 Pontiac Grand Safari station wagon: the longest, widest & heaviest Pontiac ever!

As an aspiring young driver, I learned to parallel park this magnificent, suburban, American beast of a vehicle!



https://images.app.goo.gl/cfamsGN7nuXFPpeHA



https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Grand_Safari
First generation
1974 Pontiac Grand Safari.jpg
1974 Pontiac Grand Safari
Overview
Model years
1971–1976
Assembly
Pontiac, Michigan, United States
Designer
Bill Mitchell
Body and chassis
Platform
C-body[a]
Related
Buick Electra
Buick Estate
Chevrolet Kingswood
Chevrolet Townsman
Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser
Oldsmobile 98
Powertrain
Engine
400 cu in (6.6 L) V8
455 cu in (7.5 L) V8
Transmission
3-speed TH-400 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
127.0 in (3,226 mm)
Length
1971: 230.2 in (5,847 mm)
1972: 228.0 in (5,791 mm)
1973: 228.8 in (5,812 mm)
1974–76: 231.3 in (5,875 mm)
Width
1971–1973: 79.5 in (2,019 mm)
1974–1975: 79.6 in (2,022 mm)
1976: 79.4 in (2,017 mm)
Height
57.8 in (1,468 mm)
Curb weight
5,000–5,300 lb (2,300–2,400 kg)
The 1971 to 1976 models were the largest Pontiacs ever built. The 1971-76 GM full-size bodies, at 64.3-inch (1,630 mm) front shoulder room and 63.4-inch (1,610 mm) rear shoulder room set a record for interior width that would not be matched by any car until the full-size GM rear-wheel drive models of the early to mid-1990s. The Grand Safari wagons, as did other GM full-sized wagons during these years, used a unique rear suspension with multi-leaf springs instead of the coil springs used on other full-sized Pontiacs, and other full-sized GM cars.

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The 1971-76 Grand Safaris, shared their 127.0 in (3,226 mm) wheelbase with the Buick and Oldsmobile C-body cars but were designated as B-bodies. At 231.3 in (5,875 mm) in length the 1974-76 Grand Safaris are the longest Pontiacs ever built. And at 5,112 lb (2,319 kg) shipping weight, or about 5,300 lb (2,400 kg) curb weight, the three-seat 1974 Grand Safari wagons are easily the heaviest Pontiacs ever built.

These wagons ran with V8 engines of either 400 or 455 cubic inches.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Grand_Safari

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