I've got a '73 Dodge plow truck and I have a knob
on the wheel in line with the transmission shift lever.
Left hand is working the plow lift rod. The plow is
engine driven hydraulics, no electric pump. I
consider the knob to be a very valuable item when
plowing and my left hand never touches the wheel!
This truck has an automatic tranny and I plow in
low range. Manual shift trannys suck the bag
big time for plowing! phil k.
Tire chains on all four plus a thousand pounds of
sure add to the enjoyment! I have a pipe I mount on the
cutting edge for fall and spring plowing. Without the
the blade will tip forward and then it cuts matte but
it is very hard to push. That's where the chains make
difference. Everyone hates to do this because the blade
snaps back upright hard wrecking the pivot pins. So
I did was install an extended cylinder with a single
to a one gallon tank full of coolant with a flow
valve with needle control. The blade is free to tip
but the needle valve slows the return to vertical.
peculiar and gets many comments but it works.
When a 318 is working hard in low gear low range
work is getting done! ;>)} pdk
I had a 76 Ramcharger 318 automatic with a Frink plough. It moved a
lot of snow.
I used to also run a '43 Power Wagon as a tow truck. With (4) chains
on the military tires it would go through just about anything.. I got
it stuck ONCE in winter of '69-'70 - buried up to the beltline in snow
- went in hot as a cherry and was a huge icecube by the time 2 road
graders and a 6X6 plow truck got it popped out.
You never see guys with one hand at the top of the wheel, cruising
Maybe it is because you don't have interstates.
Going a couple hundred miles without having to really make a turn can
make you lackadaisical about the driving part.
Right hand at the 3 oclock position, beer in left hand.
I was taught the 10 and 2 in drivers ed in high school about 50 years ago .
Now with the air bags it is the 9 and 3 position. Some of the stering
wheels are made with the spokes set so you can place your hands there, or a
single spoke that goes from one side to the other with holes in it for the
It was like that in my first airbag cars. I also got in an accident
where they went off and had my hand been on top of the wheel it
definitely would have been a problem.
With my new car, the air bag is more concentrated to the center of the
wheel and may not be as much of a problem in 10 to 2 but definite
problem if at 12.
New cars also with gadgets like blue tooth and dash read out buttons on
the wheel will put you in 10 to 2 position. Funny the other day going
to beep the horn when I passed a friend walking, the horn was moved from
old model to the smaller air bag housing in the center.
I like cars without airbags with the horn in the centre of the wheel. When you press a horn, you're usually doing it quickly or angrily, so having a silly little button on the end of the indicator stalk, or the edge of the central airbag, is useless.
10 and 2 o'clock on the steering wheel is old school now. Because there
is a air bag in the steering wheel on all new cars, 9 and 3 o'clock
would be the safest, but if you have a cell phone, don't use it while
I'm left handed. Most times I have one hand at 8 o'clock. If I have
two hands on the wheel, most times it is 8 & 4. rarely do I use 10 and 2.
My car will give me a warning if I have no hands on the wheel too long
but it is capable of following the white lines on a curve.
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