That's for sure.. When I drove I learned on a stick and automatice but when I joined the department our department al nothing but stick and manual chocks. In fact my daughter drive a stick and she loves it.
Joe Cleer and Padre Pete, I found your notes on Hallock Chemical Engines. FYI my father is the one who owned the Hallock that is in California. The engine is currently on display at the Sisson Museum in Mount Shasta, CA where I was born and raised. Dad found the fire engine abandoned and it pretty bad shape in Fort Jones, CA before WW II and after some negotiating managed to get the registration and brought it home. He restored the vehicle along with some volunteers after WW II and it spent many years in the Mount Shasta Fire Department where Dad was Fire Chief for 52 years. When Dad retired the vehicle went into the museum.
Wes thats cool. Lots of these old girls don't get brought back to their glory. I think it is awesome that your dad took the time and $ to bring his back. Sorry I just now got back on here and seen your post.