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Post# 1063906   3/20/2020 at 12:54 (1,096 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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This Whirlpool control panel style reminds me so much of the new panel design Sears began selling with their high end DD models October 1986 with the control knob on the right and the temp and water level selectors on the left side.

Post# 1063908 , Reply# 1   3/20/2020 at 13:49 (1,096 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

I agree. I always preferred the control knob on the right, esp. if the lid raised from center. Speaking of control knobs, some brands had plastic and others had a more durable materials, back in the day. And some were just easier to read, not confusing. Always thought Maytag had simple, elegant knobs.
And don't forget some were push to start and others pull to start. I would think in case of emergency, without thinking, push to stop would be more natural reaction.


Post# 1063914 , Reply# 2   3/20/2020 at 16:01 (1,096 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Everyone knows that there's only one right way, and that's "pull to start/push to stop"!



Post# 1063922 , Reply# 3   3/20/2020 at 19:23 (1,096 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        
Everyone knows that there's only one right way

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Reminds me when GM hung onto PNDLR for their automatics. [gameshow buzzer]

Post# 1063925 , Reply# 4   3/20/2020 at 19:55 (1,096 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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"Reminds me when GM hung onto PNDLR for their automatics. [gameshow buzzer]"

OMG... Too funny

Lisa Douglas learning to drive... " The Pernurdle". Park, Reverse, Neutral Drive and Low. Back in the day before what you said.

I believe it was just before what you were describing.

Meaning I believe I remember our 1962 Starfire Olds had "Park, Neutral, Drive Super, Low, and Reverse."

I think " Park, Reverse, Neutral, Low" began around 1966. And I think I remember all Car Companys changed to that as well

Chrysler/ Mopar had Park, Reverse, Neutral , 2, then 1. I think that was the Pushbutton Drive and then on the Column.

Ooooops. Sorry off thread... Beautiful Machine. All Machines back then had constantly changing Control Panels, Design and Human input.

It gave a person a chance to think and imagine. What a concept.

Post# 1063927 , Reply# 5   3/20/2020 at 20:54 (1,096 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        
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Ford in 55 was PRNDL.  But you coudn't necessarily trust it to stay in Park.

Buick in 57 was PNDLR.  We had one of both. 

Not absolutely certain about the 62 Pontiac, but I think by then it was PRND(2?)L.

Post# 1063964 , Reply# 6   3/21/2020 at 07:51 (1,095 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Our 64 Catalina still had reverse at the very bottom of the sequence.

Post# 1063969 , Reply# 7   3/21/2020 at 08:50 (1,095 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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GM was juggling transmissions at that time.  What the net says about 62 Cat is not what we had, neither was the 63.  The 62 bypassed torque converter in second, 63 was 'conventional' in every sense.  Unknown what they did to StarChief and Bonneville, but buddy's 59 was 4-speed conventional Hydramatic like his 58 Olds, that's the book I learned autotrans from. 

Cats were 3-speed.

Post# 1063970 , Reply# 8   3/21/2020 at 08:53 (1,095 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Automatic Transmission Shift patterns

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GM was the main one that had the very dangerous design of having reverse next to low [ forward ], hundreds were killed and thousands of accidents were caused by this stupid design.


John L.

Post# 1063972 , Reply# 9   3/21/2020 at 08:55 (1,095 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
Lisa Douglas...

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Learning to drive.  An all time favorite besides using the number totals to plug in and use appliances.


Post# 1063977 , Reply# 10   3/21/2020 at 09:32 (1,095 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        
accidents were caused by this stupid design

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A kid or dog jouncing in the front seat could slam the lever into R at fwd speed.  A few trans had a reverse lockout

above set speed; minority, can't name them. Don't think hydramatic did, the one that needed it.

Post# 1064004 , Reply# 11   3/21/2020 at 12:15 (1,095 days old) by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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I think this format for shifting is one of the things that Ralph Nader forced the automakers to not have any more.

Post# 1064005 , Reply# 12   3/21/2020 at 12:15 (1,095 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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A kid or dog jouncing in the front seat could slam the lever into R at fwd speed.
One of the dalmatians, Abby or Casey, did that to RJ's first (circa 2000) Jaguar .. Park or Reverse, whichever.

Post# 1064019 , Reply# 13   3/21/2020 at 14:58 (1,095 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

One of my cousins put her car in reverse while driving forward one time. It didn't go backwards though - but it wouldn't go forwards again either. Seems like it then had to have a new part, something called a transmission! She is rough on cars

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