Shifting Gears - Going to be driver but what kind?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by RookieBoots, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. RookieBoots

    RookieBoots New Member

    Got hired 6 mths ago for small sorts during seasonal and hired permentally in Feb. In Sort Out. Today HR called me to inform me that I will be given a driving test to see if I can drive a stick for purposes of becoming a Cover Driver. I can drive stick shift in a car, but never did it in a truck before. What should I expect? Will I drive everyday, or continue Sort Out and drive as needed. What about my pay?
  2. anthonyb1203

    anthonyb1203 Member

    If it's an old P1000 expect to be sore in the morning.
  3. AirOnTrace

    AirOnTrace Allergic to cardboard.

    Expect to be driving the biggest piece of crap in the yard for your test.
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  4. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Would you pay a dime to see this?

    You'll do fine. The clutches in our trucks are for the most part very forgiving.

    Don't be afraid to use your handbrake if you are starting on a hill. It's a big no-no to allow the vehicle to roll backwards at all while starting.
  5. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    And just pray you don't get an old 15-speed with two shift levers and the split axle.
  6. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Yep, I had one of those in my P-400.
  7. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    I think every 400 I drove had a different transmission. They were worn out Frankenstein cars on their last legs then and heavily rebuilt with whatever parts were available.
  8. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    I remember one route had a 1954 Grumman P-350 that was built like a tank.
    Last time I was in ATL, they had painted it yellow and was using it to drive larger irregs around the building.
  9. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Was that truck brand new when you drove it?
  10. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    I remembered it mainly because it was built the same year I was born.
  11. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    I had a GMC 400 for a couple years that somebody in Automotive screwed up and sent a 292ci instead of the 250ci as a replacement.

    That little bugger would flat-out haul ***!
  12. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    The last 400 we had was a shop truck painted yellow. I think it was an International but not sure.
  13. margaritaville

    margaritaville Active Member

    Reverse is where 1st gear would be in a lot of cars. So dont reverse into traffic when starting up cuz that is a guaranteed DQ ha.
  14. SCV good to go sir.

    SCV good to go sir. Active Member

    For the purpose of the test start the truck in first. The gears are set so low though that you can start the car in 2nd with no problem, but that's a big no no as well. So don't stress about the shifting.

    If you go cover, you drive when you need to and report to your regular shift when they don't.
  15. RookieBoots

    RookieBoots New Member

    Thanks guys! Going to rent a 24' Uhaul stick shift truck tomorrow to get in some practice.
  16. rod

    rod retired and happy

    In the early 70's they gave me an OLD P-600 that must have had 20 toggle switches jerry rigged on the dash. Out of the 20 I think only 2 or 3 actually controlled anything.
  17. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    I drove a 400 back in the late 70's. It was rectangular and boxy. There were no rounded corners on it. It was originally built to be a bread truck, but the bread company backed out of the deal and UPS needed package cars, so they bought it. The good thing about a p400 had 100 square feet less than a p500, and that meant less work. lol. Had a semi rural area so I didn't anything big anyways. Usually drove about 120 miles/day.
  18. Austin.Was.My.Hero

    Austin.Was.My.Hero quod erat demonstrandum

  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Good luck trying to find one.

    They will normally let you know the day before whether you will be on road or not.
  20. Mechanic86

    Mechanic86 Repairing the crap you break.

    They're all beasts if they're stick for the most part, mechanical clutch linkage to thank for that but most of them are geared pretty low so if you let off the clutch in first you generally don't even need to give gas, but in 2nd you might ;-)