O/Dear: The Fox Mustang’s Overdrive Shift Pattern Was Weirdly Overcomplicated | Carscoops

6/26/2022 8:59:00 PM

Early 1980s five-speed Mustangs had the fifth gear located next to fourth, not third

Carscoops, Classics

O/Dear: The Fox Mustang’s Overdrive Shift Pattern Was Weirdly Overcomplicated | Carscoops carscoops

Early 1980s five-speed Mustangs had the fifth gear located next to fourth, not third

, including touchscreens the driver has to look at to operate even the most basic of functions, like turning up the temperature. Old cars, we like to think, were simpler, and in many ways better for it. But the early Fox-body Ford Mustang had one major quirk that was guaranteed to trip you up.

TheFox-based pony cararrived for the 1979 model year, and within months the world was plunged into the decade’s second oil crisis, sending gas prices soaring, and keeping them high into the early 1980s. Fox ’Stangs had only been available thus far with a choice of three-speed auto or four-speed manual transmissions, including a four-speeder with a long overdrive fourth gear that sacrificed zip for highway mileage.

Read more:
Carscoops »

Biden surprises Elton John with National Humanities Medal at White House

President Joe Biden on Friday presented Sir Elton John with the National Humanities Medal, surprising the music icon following a performance on the South Lawn of the White House. Read more >>

Dear Abby: Gaslighting boyfriend gets mad that the kids are home so oftenHe feels we never get “alone time” anymore. He then withholds affection from me, as if I’ve done something wrong by having my kids.

Dear Abby: He punishes me for being a good mom, and then gaslights meMy boyfriend withholds affection because he thinks my kids demand too much time.

Dear Abby | Live-in boyfriend shames woman for being a motherHe feels we never get “alone time” anymore. He then withholds affection from me.

Dear Abby: Friend upset after being excluded from vacationDEAR ABBY: Recently, my oldest and dearest friend (since kindergarten) talked about renting a house in Puerto Rico for her family and mine. ...

Dear Abby | Friend upset after being left out of vacation plansMy best friend booked the trip with her sister-in-law, parents, and their children, instead of with me and my husband.

Dear Abby: How do I tell him I have a problem with the wedding plans?Plus: She uses my grandsons to punish me.

too many in-cabin distractions , including touchscreens the driver has to look at to operate even the most basic of functions, like turning up the temperature.Since he moved in, our sex life has dwindled to almost nonexistent.Dear Abby: I don’t forgive her, so how do I respond to her apology? Since he moved in, our sex life has dwindled to almost nonexistent.Updated an hour ago DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced mother of two teenagers.

Old cars, we like to think, were simpler, and in many ways better for it. But the early Fox-body Ford Mustang had one major quirk that was guaranteed to trip you up. He usually goes to bed early, without so much as a goodnight kiss. The Fox-based pony car arrived for the 1979 model year, and within months the world was plunged into the decade’s second oil crisis, sending gas prices soaring, and keeping them high into the early 1980s. Or he’ll go out on weekend days and not include me. Fox ’Stangs had only been available thus far with a choice of three-speed auto or four-speed manual transmissions, including a four-speeder with a long overdrive fourth gear that sacrificed zip for highway mileage. I have been cheated on in the past, and my insecurities are starting to rear their ugly heads. But during 1981, when such things were relatively uncommon in domestic cars, Ford added a genuine five-speed manual to its naturally-aspirated 2. This has caused some tension with my boyfriend.

3-liter four, the overdriven fifth ratio promising useful efficiency gains without compromising in-gear performance. I don’t feel safe sharing my hurt with him, let alone sharing my anger at him for trying to make me feel bad for being a mom. I don’t feel safe sharing my hurt with him, let alone sharing my anger at him for trying to make me feel bad for being a mom. It seemed like a sensible thing to do, but there was nothing sensible about the transmission’s freaky shift pattern. Related: A Confused Manual Gearbox Could Lead To Loss Of Traction Control, Safety Features In Some Ford Mustangs First to fourth were in a standard H-layout, but instead of fifth being up and across from fourth, so next to third, it was up, across and back down from fourth. How can I approach him in a way that he won’t get defensive? -- FIGHTING A LOSING BATTLE DEAR FIGHTING: There are red flags all over your letter. It’s worth pointing out that in 1981 there were thousands of older cars on the road with three-speed manuals, which had first on a dogleg below reverse, just like you’d find on many supercars’ five-speed transmissions . You are going to be an active mother until your children are at least 18. But those layouts feel natural after only a few minutes at the wheel. That this man would move into your home and give you heartburn about your responsibilities is terrible. He usually goes to bed early, without so much as a goodnight kiss.

The Ford’s shift layout must have felt plain weird when you went to change up from fourth and the pattern went kaput. Speaking to Car & Driver in 1981, Ford’s engineers came up with a couple of justifications for the strangeness, including that it was configured to be more user-friendly during the common fifth-to-third downshift, and also that fifth would have been too much of a stretch if it had been placed alongside third. This does not bode well for a healthy future. This does not bode well for a healthy future. Choose your 1982 Mustang poison: three-speed slusher or brain-bending five-speed manual Maybe those ideas (excuses?) would have received an easier reception earlier in the century when control layouts were much less standardized. Trying to shift into a phantom fifth gear in an early 1980s Mustang must have been confusing and slightly annoying. Getting him out of your home and your life before he wastes any more of your time is what you should focus on. But forgetting that the brake and accelerator pedals on were the opposite way round to those on the last car you drove really would have been bad news, and apparently was for more than a few racing legends, Stirling Moss included. DEAR ABBY: What is proper etiquette when attending an event and sitting at a table with more than six people? I think it’s rude to talk to a person across the table. I’m losing hope and feel myself shutting down.

Tags . Talking to a person next to you is acceptable.