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Old 03-18-2013, 05:33 PM   #18
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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   #19
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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   #20
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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   #21
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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...

...Need the right tool for the right job...lol...
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:18 PM   #22
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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   #23
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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   #24
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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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Old 03-19-2013, 01:04 AM   #25
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They select Miss Dairy Day and I swear this is done by seeing which contestant can pull a plow the furthest.
OMG that's funny.

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Old 03-19-2013, 01:11 AM   #26
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Definitely rent an auto vert, your own color if possible, get the insurance and all will be covered.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:15 AM   #27
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Do like the others have said, do not rev high or lug it. Feather the clutch to get a slow roll from idle or just above and let your car go as far as possible before going to let out the clutch again. It can be done but be ready.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:41 AM   #28
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That is some funny, honest, and educational feedback. I think my favorite was "don't answer the phone."

It is settled, no parades for me.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:45 AM   #29
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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 05-02-2013, 08:26 AM   #30
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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 05-02-2013, 08:34 AM   #31
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I'm usually in at least one 3 mile parade on I-81 construction zones in PA every summer.
^ UM AWESOME... Made my week
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:10 AM   #32
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That is some funny, honest, and educational feedback. I think my favorite was "don't answer the phone."

It is settled, no parades for me.
If you enjoy your car, and want to help with the parade, get involved. The car will be fine. People drive them in stop and go traffic all the time, which is even worse than a parade. Guys, they are just cars, built to be enjoyed. Put a blanked down in the back seat for the young ladies shoes, and have some fun! That's why you bought a convertible in the first place right.....to have some fun?
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:18 AM   #33
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Haha where is all the "real men drive stick" guys now!

ya it's all fun and games until you're stuck in a parade. LOL

Sorry guys,couldn't resist.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:19 AM   #34
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I am just waiting for my first call when I am asked to haul around the... Pork Queen ...

Might want to look into beefing [porking?] up your suspension just in case...


But seriously, we'll need to see a lot of pics!
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