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How To Drive A Model 'T' Ford

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How To Drive A Model 'T' Ford

'Tis a challenge fer the uninitiated to drive a Model 'T' Ford!
There sure ain't no starter, automatic transmission or GPS aboard!
To start it, you must select the magneto settin' and adjust the choke,
Then, at yer peril, spin the crank and pray that yer arm don't git broke!

There's a baffln' array of switches, levers and pedals to operate,
That take a heap of coordination to get the 'T' ready to navigate.
There's three pedals located on the floor - clutch, reverse and brake.
If you know yer left foot from yer right, drivin' the old girl is a piece of cake!

To go forward, advance the throttle lever located jes' below the steerin' wheel.
Press the clutch pedal with yer left foot - with experience you'll git the feel.
To back up, stop the car, disengage the clutch and press the pedal fer reverse.
Be sure there's nothin' behind you - you might hit yer mother-in-law or worse!

In an emergency, stomp all three foot pedals to avoid hittin' a telephone pole!
That'll bring you to a joltin' stop and provide you with a modicum of control.
Use the oogah-oogah horn to shoo chickens, cows and goats outta yer way.
If you slaughter a farmer's critters, you'll sure enough have 'ell to pay!

Now you know more'n you ever wanted to know about drivin' a Model 'T',
And you've gained this invaluable enlightenment and it was all fer free!
If you are foolish enough to drive a 'T' I'd advise you to drive with care,
And if I may paraphrase the Good Book - "Gird your loins with faith and prayer!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 6/5/2013 5:48:00 PM
    Hi Robert, you forgot to mention 'double de clutch', won't be many remember what that's all about lol. Great write about a great car. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 2:06:00 PM
    Hi Robert, It's always a pleasure to read your poems. You are very talented. This one would do well in a TV commercial.

  1. Date: 5/31/2013 1:14:00 PM
    Oh a scintillating poetic handbook type poem with such a fine rhyme. Go ahead drive yor ol gal as u say.

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 8:13:00 PM
    Haha, too funny, Bob. You sure have the gift of making one laugh, I totally enjoyed it. I feel like I know how to drive one now. Thanks for the lesson. How far have we come! Sure love it :)

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 8:58:00 AM
    Hi Robert hope you sre ok, sitting in benalmedina in costa del sol sapin and reading thi very fun rhyme, great to see you on form, take care my friend, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 8:33:00 PM
    Another clever and humorous poem from you, Bob. I enjoy reading your work as it is so entertaining! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 3:44:00 PM
    lol. Love your creative use of lingo in this one. Good, entertaining write, Robert. :-)