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  • NOT by the book

    I got the owners manual, in the glove box, with my new '52 Commander. The manual states that to start the car one first turns the key switch to the right then steps on the pedal in the floor, engaging the starter. However, my car is equipped with the automatic transmission, and the starter button is located in the lower edge of the dash, left of the steering column. It is the first knob on the left side of the car. You push it in to engage the starter.
    What gives? Did they forget about automatic equipped cars when printing the owners manuals?

  • #2
    The Automatic Drive was first available in 1950, and isn't even included in the Shop Manual until after 1953. A separate manual was printed for it.

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    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10,
    '51 Commander Starlight,
    '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
    '56 Sky Hawk


    • #3
      AND a separate glove box manual:
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