"Annie" has been a bit difficult to start as of late. I used to get "freebies" 50% of the time, but recently it seems to be a foot race to get to the spark advance fast enough. Solution: Employ my Grandson Troy to be the "second man" working the spark advance For me. Perfect. I'm kind of happy she has been tough to start. I should have involved him sooner!
A friend of mine in Toronto commented years ago, "If we had known how much fun grandchildren are, we'd have had them first."
And he didn't even have a Model T!
My son played the same roll.... now he's big enough to do the crankin..... that's even better
Frank, I must say it is an awesome feeling having Troy so excited about the car and "helping his Papa". He gets a kick out of it but he does not yet realize what a HUGE help he is. The look on his face the first time he "worked the controls" for Papa was incredible. I wish I could have taken a picture. That is what life is all about I think.
That's great! He looks like a pro already!
It wont be long before you and Troy are doing this...
My son's first time driving the T last summer....
Then a few months later Mr. Smarty pants teaching my wife to drive it for the first time... I'd offered to teach her numerous times but she'd never even expressed in interest.... until he asked asked her if she'd like to learn....
Patrick, Isn't the look on a child's face amazing when they get that sense of accomplishment trying something new for the first time?
Frank, just sent you a PM
Memorys the ole man had a string tied to it and
around the headlite
Frank... BeeeeaUtiful car! Yeah, the look on his face when I asked him to help was absolutely precious.
Samuel, I have thought of doing the very same thing myself.
The day I enlisted Troys help, the car was being especially tough to start. After a few cranks she would spit and sputter like she was going to start, then just as I would reach the spark advance, she would quit. This happened several times. Each time Troy matter of factly stated "she fooled you PaPa". Best thing the car ever did. Now I cannot even think about starting her unless Troy is there to help. Perfect.
Patrick, you're cars name is Annie and now you have a "string" to operate your controls named Troy
Life is grand!
Congrats on involving your grandson! He must be proud to help.
My 8 year old Mackenzie is a great help with choke for priming, then manages key, spark and throttle till I can come around; though I do admit to keeping an eye on her spark hand as I make that first real crank.
Pic is of her when we posed the T in front of the visiting Weinermobile.
Still haven't gotten the wife to try driving yet!