> Have you ever seen anyone "dry shift" a manual gearbox without
> using the clutch? They can do this because the engine speed perfectly matches
> the driveshaft speed and the gears cleanly mesh (oversimplification alert!).
> there is no way you can do this from a dead stop since the drive shaft speed
> nothing and the engine speed is something,
As an old aircooled VW enthusiast I have driven home several times after
losing the clutch cable by dry shifting. (Actually I used to dry shift
those cars alot, come to think of it!) At stop signs I'd just try to
crawl at idle in first, or if I *had* to stop I'd just shut it off.
When it was time to go again I'd just start it in first. Works like a
charm, albeit a bit hard on the starter motor.