Kathy’s Dilemma…..#167a (80’s)

Kiowa Service Co.

1950 Dodge

The  parts department at the  Kiowa Service Company wasn’t without its humorous moments,  especially at the benefit of an employee and her resolve to drive Parts Manager Gary Willson’s 1950 Dodge pickup.  An afternoon found a need arising to encompass a fan belt for one of the service pickups, Gary initiating a telephone call  to the Kiowa Auto Parts store informing Gerald Elwood about the fan belt and that Kathy Rathgeber would be arriving to realize the purchase.  Kathy was about to leave when it was discovered all the other service pickups were in use with nothing for her to drive, so without hesitation Gary handed Kathy the keys to his 50 Dodge pickup stationed curbside, asking if she had driven a manual shift.  Kathy assuring him she had.  He observed from inside as she positioned herself behind the steering wheel, inserting the key in the ignition of the three generation old vehicle,  she remained seated,  the seconds ticking away,  then watched as she stepped out returning inside, with a bewildered look questioning, “alright where’s the starter?”.

The starter positioned adjacent to the gas pedal.

Gary explaining, the starter was on the floorboard adjacent to the accelerator ,  just step on it and the gas pedal at the same time, making sure you engage the clutch pedal before starting  Kathy approached the parked vehicle for a second attempt, successfully starting the Dodge  but immediately shut it off once again returning inside with a question, “where’s reverse?”. Gary holding back a smile,  informing her that the floor-shift reverse was located all the way to the right and in the down position.   A return to the pickup finding the very slight  \petite young lady again starting the Dodge,  attempting to back out, trying to turn  the steering wheel, then abruptly letting the Dodge coast back to the curb turning off the engine,  returning once again,  handing Gary the keys with a look of frustration mumbling as she walked away  “I can barely turn the steering wheel”.   Gary realized her dilemma,  the pickup didn’t have any  power assist steering and unless moving was almost impossible to turn the steering wheel especially when it’s on a downhill  slant against a curb,  Gary with an inward smile deciding to pick up the part himself.

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