A great day! As already noted in my “Eureka” post, the whole double-clutching thing is now more than theory. The Limey brought it home for me by having me cruise along with my left foot depressing the clutch pedal to where it was about to engage and my right foot revving the engine to 12 or 13 hundred rpm. He then had me go another quarter of an inch on the clutch at which point the engine would slip into “neutral” which made a distinctively different sound. He then had me shift with that minimal movement of the clutch and danged if it didn’t work. It enabled me to make shifts without the herky jerky movements that was afflicting all of us. That little bitty movement of the clutch allowed me to shift as though I was using an automatic transmission. Super cool!
The Limey also advised me on braking. Every brake up to that point brought the truck to a shuddering, neck-snapping stop. He said we had to apply the pressure we thought was required and not pushing the brake pedal even harder when we didn’t stop right away. The braking system needs a second to equalize and send the appropriate pressure to the brakes. Wonder of wonder, that worked too?!?!
These two cases are additional examples of how counterintuitive truck driving is. Why the hell shouldn’t you have to depress the doggone clutch in order to shift. As for the brakes, they’re always there when you push the pedal in your car. Is it too much to ask for a vehicle to stop when you depress the brake? Apparently so. Nevertheless …
The Limey is a stinkin’ genius!
One more breakthrough: After a weekend’s worth of parallel parking visualization (and I was visualizing morning, noon and night), I nailed the morning P-park.
Unfortunately, during the air brake check, I neglected to turn the ignition to “on” before checking for the released brake pressure drop. An automatic fail, I was told. I got everything else right.
Nailed the end of day P-park as well.
Bubba got a call before we even left the yard this morning. We later found out that his son was in a 4-wheeler accident that resulted in two cracked ribs and a concussion. That would be serious if it had been Bubba’s daughter. Since it was his son, and if his son is anything like the overgrown spark plug that is Bubba, little Bubba should make a complete recovery.
We had a bit of a scare when two people were no-showed this morning. Our very own Hibachi was missing in action along with Kareem from the other team. Hibachi finally made it (traffic) but we never did see Kareem. We also spied one of the test flunkers from the week before last. He may have missed a week, but he will be back in the driver’s seat.