I just read this in the 1920 Dykes encyclopedia it has ford supplement lots of good info
You'd have to be gumby to do that comfortably!
I use the left hand but the thumb is up. I use the thumb to press the latch. I'm afraid that if I turned the palm toward the outside of the car I would bump my elbow on something or strain the elbow. That joint is not intended by the creator to be used in that way! I have had no problem doing it with the thumb up. Now if I am on the outside of the car facing backward I can use the left hand with the thumb down.
I just grab it with my left hand without thinking about it much except to compress the latch so as not to wear out the teeth, well most of the time.
I've been pinched a couple of times so I DO have to think about it.
I grab it sort of over-hand, with my thumb pointing down and my palm facing the non-opening door. _That works for pulling it back.
Pushing it forward requires leverage on the latch, so it's thumb-up. _It also requires a bit of reach and that's a problem for me because of a fused lower back, so most times I skooch my left foot over to the right, past the pedals and make it more of a left lean than a forward bend. _It's just a momentary thing for the upshift.
Yeah, I know most guys prefer to do the upshift with the clutch pedal and that works for me at stop signs, but I find it easier for wait for a red traffic light with the lever in the middle position. _I seem get a "higher quality" neutral that way, with nothing in the tranny groaning or rubbing.
Here Lies Cross Eyed Jake,
He Grabbed Her Leg Instead of the Brake.
I dislike what little I can see of the driving instructions. "...push the clutch pedal forward slowly until the car starts to move... Gradually push the clutch pedal harder until you find that there is no slipping in the low speed gear..." Yeah, right. Slip that low band and wear it out so you can experience the joy of replacing it. Not me.
Maybe that little treatise was written by a band lining manufacturer?