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Old 03-18-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
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Need help - parade with manual transmission

Have any of my fellow Camaro5 members ever driven a car in a parade? I'm sure it has been done. I am curious about your experience.

I have an SS with a manual transmission. My car is a convertible and I am somewhat high-profile in my community. I am just waiting for my first call when I am asked to haul around the Prom Queen, Pork Queen, Miss America (not likely) or something of that nature.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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First gear and a lot of clutch work. I hope she's hot.............
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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Did a parade last Christmas, took about two hours and my clutch got very stinky and my oil temp was very hot. All you can do is hang it in first and feather the clutch. You don't need the gas unless you are revving to make some noise.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:09 AM   #4
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It's none of my business...but you're going to let someone sit on your folded up convertable top with thier feet in your backseat? Not to mention that crap they are going to want to decorate your car with... Ohhhhh the humanity!
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:14 AM   #5
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Shouldn't be a problem, just don't give it too much gas.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:34 AM   #6
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Did a 1.5 mile slow parade when mine was still stock. The car did fine but my left leg was shaking by the end and I was more than ready for it to be over. Now with the cam I will not do another. It was a Christmas parade and the car looked great with some big bows on it. Got some really nice compliments but for me not worth doing again.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:55 AM   #7
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I'm usually in at least one 3 mile parade on I-81 construction zones in PA every summer.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:00 AM   #8
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I'm usually in at least one 3 mile parade on I-81 construction zones in PA every summer.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:09 AM   #9
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I'm usually in at least one 3 mile parade on I-81 construction zones in PA every summer.
must be high profile too ha ha
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:10 AM   #10
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:19 AM   #11
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Parades? No problem...just get another convertible. We've done it a couple of times and use my wifes 03 T-Bird (automatic).
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:19 AM   #12
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If the ask you to be in the parade... rent an automatic.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:23 AM   #13
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Have any of my fellow Camaro5 members ever driven a car in a parade? I'm sure it has been done. I am curious about your experience.

I have an SS with a manual transmission. My car is a convertible and I am somewhat high-profile in my community. I am just waiting for my first call when I am asked to haul around the Prom Queen, Pork Queen, Miss America (not likely) or something of that nature.

Any advice is appreciated.
Not much help here as I have never been asked to participate but generally the convertibles in the parades I've seen have all been provided by a sponsoring dealer plastered with their promo ads.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:19 PM   #14
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Have any of my fellow Camaro5 members ever driven a car in a parade? I'm sure it has been done. I am curious about your experience.

I have an SS with a manual transmission. My car is a convertible and I am somewhat high-profile in my community. I am just waiting for my first call when I am asked to haul around the Prom Queen, Pork Queen, Miss America (not likely) or something of that nature.

Any advice is appreciated.
Call me when it's Miss America's turn and I'll fill in for ya. You can have the Pork Queen.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:21 PM   #15
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My uncle had a 4th gen Z28 vert, when it was used in a parade, they broke the back glass. No one even realized it cause its loud, it was inbetween the canvas, the girl who broke it wasnt paying attention, etc.

So make sure the tonneau cover or w/e is there.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:26 PM   #16
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My uncle had a 4th gen Z28 vert, when it was used in a parade, they broke the back glass. No one even realized it cause its loud, it was inbetween the canvas, the girl who broke it wasnt paying attention, etc.

So make sure the tonneau cover or w/e is there.
We have a Dairy Days parade here every June and I could see that happening. They select Miss Dairy Day and I swear this is done by seeing which contestant can pull a plow the furthest.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:52 PM   #17
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #18
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I'm usually in at least one 3 mile parade on I-81 construction zones in PA every summer.
I resemble that remark! {Most of the trips I make to Houston...}
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:33 PM   #19
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Don't do parades!Had a buddy that did 3 parades and something happened to his car all 3 times.Scratch's ect.One of the ins. co i checked with on my car said they didn't want to insure it if it was used in a parade.So even this early in the year i have already been asked,i tell them my ins. said NO.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:02 PM   #20
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I did a parade in my 05 vette. Hope you have a huge clutch pedal leg because you will need it for the feathering, pushing in, letting off, and general constant pumping of the clutch. My leg was like jello after a 2 mile parade.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:03 PM   #21
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I've done a good handfull of July 4th parades in my '69 (which is a manual trans). When it was over I was ready to be done but that was just as much about the heat as it was the clutch. If you let pople sit on the back make sure to put some towels down in and on top of the seat.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:34 PM   #22
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Call me when it's Miss America's turn and I'll fill in for ya. You can have the Pork Queen.
Miss America: Convertible Camaro, no problem, worth the wear and tear risk...

Pork Queen: Stake-bed truck...

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Old 03-18-2013, 08:18 PM   #23
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My recommendation....

From the beginning of the parade, get the car moving from a stop using second gear (not first)... Then drive as slowly as second gear will allow without lugging uncomfortably (don't let it start bucking). Keep enough distance in front of you that you can absorb most slowdowns without downshifting to first or clutching in/braking to minimize wear and tear on your left leg.

You'll be fine... By the way... The V8 has more than enough torque in second to launch easily from that gear. Not sure how easy it would go in the V6.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:25 PM   #24
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I dont think it can be done. Cars were never ever used in parades until the automatic transmission was invented.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:53 PM   #25
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Did a Christmas parade in florida in 2012 with my manual. My leg got a little tired over the 45 minute drive. The fun was worth it. I didn't smell any clutch burning or have any problems. I have been stuck on I4 in Orlando traffic for over an hour before with it and it was worse than the parade.
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