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Re: Foot Pedal Ignition
#90133 Fri Nov 16 2001 03:22 PM
Joined: Jun 2000
Posts: 457
Shop Shark
Two other advantages of the foot pedal starter.

1) As the ultimate anti-theft device, just unscrew the footpedal and put it in your pocket when you leave the truck. You can even leave the keys in to really drive the would-be thieves crazy grin .

2) When diagnosing starting problems, you can turn on the key and then use a long screw driver or tire iron to crank the starter from under the hood.

On the subject of SUV owning morons (is that an oxymoron?), why do so many people think "4 wheel drive" means "I can't slide on ice"? Last winter after an ice storm, I was carefully driving into work at a maximum speed of about 20 mph. Several 4 wheel drive SUVs came shooting by me at 50 mph. I almost sped up myself just to see what would happen to them if they had to come to a quick stop :p .

Jeff Nelson

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Re: Foot Pedal Ignition
#90134 Mon Nov 19 2001 11:47 PM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 253
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I think Garrison Keillor put it pretty well on "Prairie Home Companion" when he said that "four-wheel drive means that you can get stuck farther from civilization" :p

Last winter, we had a few pretty good "winter weather events" here in NE PA, (nothin' like it used to be!), and it was interesting to drive home on I-81 in my '93 Escort and count all the fancy SUVs abandoned in the median or in the ditch.
(I won't drive my "good old vehicles" in the snow anymore, 'cause of the salt!)

I'm even thinking of selling my '61 Willys, cause I live in town, and we haven't had any winters that I've needed the four-wheel drive. frown

BTW, I like your "anti-theft idea" :p .

Frank McMullen
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