...for the folks who think you need twelve volts and a starter. Here's six volts and no starter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYhp8LWb6-w.
that's some bad hat!
Great job! Very professional!
That looks like Heaven to me. Desert, Rust and Old Cars.
You can cut the cranking in half by turning on the key before you pull the crank the first time.
It might just start on the first or second pull.
Yes but did you notice that he primed the engine with his right hand and started it with his left.
Same method I use starting mine, 2 pulls with the choke on and then 1-2 more pulls with the switch on and your ridding....
About 50% of the time I get a FREE start with my 13 hack. This happens when the car has sat for several days. I prime 5 times with the choke on and switch off. I then adjust the gas down several notches and switch the battery on. Seems to work for a free start half the time. What I don't understand is why it doesn't do it every time and not just when it has been idle for several days??
Steve has become one with his car they have an agreement as to how things should be done. When you own a "T" they have a personality and they will teach their latest caretaker how things should be done and if you don't do them that way the "T" will throw a temper tantrum!
Most fun part of the car I think. The starter is only an emergency backup. For those of you who have yet to try hand cranking, you should get great results if your car is well tuned and you do each step in Steve's video.
My car had a starter on it when I bought it, but I removed it as the generator did not work. I only started the care once with the starter, it started easier with the crank. I was at a car show years ago, and a friend had his T there, when it was time to leave, his battery was to weak to start the car, so he sent his son to get jumper cables. I told him to switch the ignition off and ran it through twice and then told him to switch it on and it started with a quarter turn. Most people are afraid of the hand crank, because they have heard so many horror stories, but if the starting procedure is done right the biggest problem with a kick back is that the car must be primed again, that is to say, it will always toke two full revolutions before it will start.
Dave a small caveat If you are unlucky enough to have one of those "modern" carburettor’s with a fuel pump Steve's method will not work the car will flood. Instead turn on the fuel pump and allow to run 4 to 5 seconds then choke and pull with the left hand then hurry up and take the choke off... tomorrow I put the one Kingston I put together from 2 and hopefully I will get rid of the "Modern"**(&(*^&% !
So Steve, did you put a battery carrier in it for a 6 volt battery, or are you using a hot shot?
I saw an original unrestored '25 touring once that was a non starter car, and the holes were in the frame for the battery carrier, but there was no battery carrier.
This one came with battery carrier, starter, and generator. My little show is just a demonstration of hand starting.
On the speedster I turn open the peacock on the fuel line, drop the spark down to about the 4th notch, set the throttle down to about the 4th notch, adjust the mixture rich about a half a turn from where I normally drive, turn the key to Bat, push on the starter button and that 12 volt starter and battery crank that little Model T up with ease. Then I pull the spark down about half way, crank the mixture back to its "sweet spot" switch over to Mag and flip the switch to put the alternator on line to charge up my 12 volt battery. Hey, it's a speedster, if you want nostalgia, stick around until I drive one of the other T's.
Mike, will you post pics of said speedster?
That 'ol Mike sure is ambitious! ws
Bill, if that's his car Id get over there and help the poor old guy install a seat. That looks too dangerous for a frail elderly person to drive.
Mikes always extolling the virtues of being a hard ass so now he gets to prove it! Don't hafta worry about seat springs going BOOOING either! ws
Steve - Nicely done video. I noticed you cranked past the top yet in a past thread you had stated not to go over the top (http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/193597.html). Am I over thinking the technique?