Date registered: Oct 2003
Vehicle: 2014 Ford Taurus SHO....
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Mustang II, Teen Know-It-All 0
The best part involved the circumstances surrounding the purchase:
The car was owned by a cousin. His wife brought it over to my house for me to look at and parked it nose-down on a hilly sidestreet. The plan was to wait for my father to arrive for a test drive, as the car had a manual transmission, which I had never driven before.
Naturally, I became impatient during the wait and jumped behind the wheel. Hey! I'm a big strapping 17 year old who knows everything about cars. If some girlie could drive it, so can I!(?)
Now, poising its 4,500 lbs. demurely below the Mustang is a metallic-green 1970 Plymouth Fury, replete with Chrysler's famous 300 lb. bumper/grille combination (grille inset within a loop of chrome-plated steel).
I start the engine, shift into reverse and attempt the delicate art of reversing the vehicle without allowing gravity to pull it towards the Fury. The Mustang lurches towards the Fury, as I had unknowingly shifted into First. Mash the brake and clutch and stop within two feet of the Plymouth ("Christine").
Okay - time to regroup. I don't notice any mechanism on the shift lever to defeat a reverse lock-out, so I conclude that I just wasn't emphatic enough in my shifting action. A little more muscle. Ah! Got it! I now conclude that I'm REALLY going to have to use quick footwork and a heavy foot on the gas to get this baby to reverse up the hill. The engine revs...
Well, the Fury wound up with a dime sized dent on the front bumper, and I took out the driver's side headlight, some surrounding fiberglass, and the driver's side fender on the Mustang. I later learned that all I had to do was to press down on the shift lever to defeat the lockout. Humiliated, I bought the car.