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Today’s cars a little more user friendly

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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A 1956 Ford Fairlane. Classic cars, fun to look at now, weren't always easy to start back then, a letter writer recalls.

I remember decades ago when vehicles were simpler, but more complex to operate. Some were “cold-blooded” cars and difficult at times on frigid mornings.

You used a key, starter button, choke button, brake pedal, clutch and accelerator pedals. You had to know just how much to pull or not pull your choke when starting your car or it could flood out.

Sometimes you had to pump the accelerator pedal once or twice before you started it; if you pumped it three times, it was flooded. By the time you got it running, you had icicles hanging off your nose, and your fingers were cold and stiff.

The cars today are wonderful – a dream come true. Everything we could have wished for on those frigid January mornings with the choke in your hand, praying for it to start as you heard the engine turn over.

Most glove compartments were full of maps for vacation time. Now, the cars have GPS; how cool is that? Decades ago, we would never have believed it would be possible, but technology just keeps on surprising us.

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