Have you ever remembered after starting it you needed to add oil and tried to idle it down as far as it would go and pour the oil in because you were in a hurry and/or were to lazy to pull start it again? I don't recommend it.
By the way do you remember in the cartoons where someone stepped on the rake in the yard and whacked themselves with the handle? That actually is true.
If you can't laugh at yourself please don't respond.
If you have the car running, turning it off and re-starting shouldn't be too much trouble. Not as much as getting hit by the fan blades!
It was not the fan blades that hit me.
That reminds me of the time as a kid, I remembered to check the oil on a Briggs and Straton engine after I started it, I suspect my experience was similar to yours. And hoes work much like rakes too.
Yep, gravel rake will bonk you--don't ask me how I know!!
Thanks for the laugh Paul--I needed it--only three days left & then I am joining the unemployed--ALMOST made it to retirement--2-3/4 years to go. .
I hope that you can turn your love for steam into another life path. I made a change 21 years ago from plastic manufacturing to roller coasters and along the way was charged with taking care of 2 turn of the century narrow gauge steam engines. That was one of the best times of my life!
That sounds like fun! I can't ride rollers, but I've always been fascinated with them and steam engine to boot. Hmm, I do wonder what I will do.
The early timing covers have a much smaller hole for the oil to enter the engine. Even with the engine off, it takes a while for the oil to drain in. They redesigned the timing cover around 1916 or 17, and it makes it a lot easier to add oil.
Oh where oh where is a camera when you need one!! Please, next time take pictures, so we can all enjoy ! ;o)
Reminds me of the time when I took the cover off a boat transmission to see why it wasn't shifting. And then .. stupidly, asked my wife (to be) to start the motor.
Wouldn't have been so bad except the future father and mother in law were watching. ;o(
She married me anyways but the father in law was never quite sure .....
that was really funny
I've never tried to pour oil into a running engine, but one time I forgot to put on the cap, and got the whole engine compartment full of oil. Then I couldn't find the cap! Fortunately I didn't run it far enough to completely run out of oil, but it sure made a mess!
My dad was never very mechanical, but he tried. One time probably over 40 years ago (he's 93 now) he decided to change the oil in his pickup himself. I happened upon the scene as he was adding the new oil. I looked down to see the fresh oil pouring out through the drain hole into the used oil because he forgot to replace the plug.
I hope it's not but suspect it is genetic.
When I was a young pup and just got my drivers license, my uncle gave me a 49 Cadillac for my first car (still have it). The first maintenance task for me (16 years old) was to change the oil. I rolled under the car on a creeper with a drain pan in tow and unscrewed the drain plug. When the oil stopped draining out I re-installed the plug, and proceeded to add 5 quarts of new Pennzoil 30w into the engine. For some strange reason when I started the car up it would not go into gear when I dropped it into drive and sort of seemed to smoke a lot. Yep... in a moment of teenaged inexperience I had drained the automatic transmission and had added 5 quarts of new oil to the 5 quarts of old oil in the engine. To add insult to injury my uncle and father were both standing there watching me and both enjoyed a good deep belly laugh for several hours at my expense. On the bright side I will never confuse the engine oil and the transmission oil drain plugs again.
You are very right about the smaller hole for the oil to drain into on early engines. Who knew!
I believe that my first experience in working on a car was when my dad asked me to remove the pan on our 1919 T when I was about 10 years old.
The fenders and body were off so I sat on the floor with my legs under the motor. After removing all the bolts I used a screwdriver to pry the pan loose.
I quickly realized that Dad had overfilled the motor with oil and I was going to need a new pair of pants.