See full coverage of this monumental event with many photos by Stefan Marjoram and a video on TheOldMotor.com
Here is the video ... WOW !!
Now that's just cool! Almost had to hook a tractor to that crank handle to crank it over...
The "Beast of Turin" lives.
Best hand-cranked start I've ever seen!
There are no words to describe that! David awesome is what comes to mind but it just doesn't quite do it. Bob he didn't appear to be using the proper left handed cranking method .
John, my visceral response was to the delayed-reaction, engine kick-over that torque-wound the whole car like a spring!
That an engine of that size could be started with a hand-crank, whatever the technique, is impressive.
Bob, it is impressive! I was just being a smart-aleck. I'm not sure I could even crank it, actually I'm not sure I would want to crank it.
I want one........
I wondered how I would ever hand crank 9 litres of 1915 Albion truck on a TV series. It turned out to be quite simple, given there was a decompression device. It wasn't 28 litres, but it wound over quite easily, fired up almost immediately, and the decompression valve was manually flipped off as soon as she fired up. Piece of cake once the restorer had schooled me up.
Just for interest.
Allan from down under.
Duncan and crew are starting this engine by first priming with gas thru the priming cups.
The cranking he is doing is to get two of the pistons over TDC. If you watch the video again you will see that just after Duncan is finshed cranking, Mark Walker says: GO, which is the signal to another helper to switch the Bosch coil to the start mode.
These Bosch coils have a trembler mode for starting that when switched on fires the plugs.
Model T coils will do the same thing if the engine is in just the right spot and you turn on the battery ignition. The engine will start-up on its own if the conditions are right.
I like it when the car kicks off and it jumps! It would have been fun to be there in-person to see it start. At roughly 10 times the displacement of a Model T engine, the name fits it.
What is the movie coming in Feb 2015? Is it about the car or ??? Local theaters or ??? I tried Googling it and couldn't find anything.
"What is the movie coming in Feb 2015? Is it about the car or ???"
Stefan had this to say about it: The final one will have interviews with the chaps and the history of the car too - and hopefully some driving shots! - which will make it much more interesting.
That's a pretty impressive engine. Trouble is, when you make it big, there's always someone that wants to outdo you.
I'm wondering if he pulled it to compression moved aside then hit the ignition. He sure was taking a chance cranking like that. That monster would have cut him in half if it let go when he was standing in there.
Yes that is incredible! What a wonderful and blood-pumping sound it makes! I have been following this project on the oldmotor site since they began reporting it. I wish I could have been somehow involved personally.
Ah, but such is not to be.
Thank you David G, and Stefan M for sharing this journey.
And Dave Wells, Neat picture. I looked for a full second before I saw the man standing there leaning over!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
That's insane.......calculates to 1738 cubes! To GET that with 4 cylinders would take an 8" bore and 8.7" stroke....YIKES
The monster has a 7.5" bore.
I've heard the term "fire breathing monster" before, but i guess i never really knew what it ment untill now! thanks for all your interesting posts david
While you folks are boiling wieners and beans on top of the Model T manifold, he can flame broil steaks….
Let's hear it run, it's noisy without the muffler.
Thanks to an email from Larry Blair. The Tin Shed Machine Shop & Antique Auto Repair garage in the city of Santa Fe Springs
Gene in Virginia Beach
I got to watch the video of the start up today at my Uncles house that has that Hispeed innernet. Wow this thing is loud, and BIG.Very impressive.
Yeah, that car is fantastic! Right Mack?