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Grandpa taught me that it's an H pattern. Practice this in a level empty driveway or similar level space. You don't need the engine running but push the clutch down to the floor. First find neutral, that position where you can pull the lever back toward you. Thats the crossbar of your H. Pull the lever back toward you and push it up, that's reverse. Clutch still on the floor pull the lever straight down. Thats 1st or low. Move the lever back up to neutral and push it across the H crossbar then gently holding it away from you push it up till it stops and you're in 2nd. With the clutch down hold the lever away from yourself and pull it down into 3rd or high. Thats it. Best to have a friend with you who knows the tricks of manual transmissions but it really is simple. Mastering the clutch is a bit trick but with a friend along they can help you get the feel for the sweet spot in shifting gears. Expect some grinding of gears, take it slow and easy and it's a fun new skill. Best learned on a back road with no traffic or a giant empty parking lot. Have fun
 

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Grandpa taught me that it's an H pattern. Practice this in a level empty driveway or similar level space. You don't need the engine running but push the clutch down to the floor. First find neutral, that position where you can pull the lever back toward you. Thats the crossbar of your H. Pull the lever back toward you and push it up, that's reverse. Clutch still on the floor pull the lever straight down. Thats 1st or low. Move the lever back up to neutral and push it across the H crossbar then gently holding it away from you push it up till it stops and you're in 2nd. With the clutch down hold the lever away from yourself and pull it down into 3rd or high. Thats it. Best to have a friend with you who knows the tricks of manual transmissions but it really is simple. Mastering the clutch is a bit trick but with a friend along they can help you get the feel for the sweet spot in shifting gears. Expect some grinding of gears, take it slow and easy and it's a fun new skill. Best learned on a back road with no traffic or a giant empty parking lot. Have fun
That鈥檚 good advice
 
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