I grew up playing on them as my Dad restored several Model A's. Learned to drive in a '29 pickup. As I recall, you could pull up on the gear shift and swing it out of the way to give the passenger a little more room?
"Key on, clutch in, advance the throttle, retard the spark, hit the starter button with your other foot. When it starts, advance the spark and retard the throttle to get a good idle. Put it in gear and go."
I don't understand people.
Fortunately, I don't really need to.