With in the group are there cars with original engines built before 1917 that have aftermarket starters? Example Gray-Davis.
I had a 1917 touring with an original engine and a foot operated starter. Yes there is room for one more pedal and it turned the crank thru a series of chains and wheels. It would give just over 1/4 turn for each push. The car is now sold and I believe it ended up in England.
I seen a rope pull starter on a 12
Rope inside the car went out to set up like on a lawn mower at the front of the engine worked really well
i have for my old age a gray & davis & a splitdorf starters that were made for fords. mark friymiller has one on his webb site for sale. charley
Is the one what Mark has can be used as a Foot Starter or one needs to use it with a Key?
But ---- are there forum commenters who are driving or own pre-1917 cars with operating aftermarket starters? If so share experiences?
Jack Putnam has an original aftermarket starter on his '14 Touring. He restored it himself and it works great. I've seen it at the OCF, and he demonstrates it often there. I don't remember which make it is however.
Clymer's "Henry's Wonderful Model T" lists a number of Rube Goldberg type starters in the accessory section. Levers, pulleys and chains galore. Oddly there aren't any manufacturer's names mentioned in the ads. Prices range from $5 to $10.
I know that Jack Putnam, poster here, does run this brass T with aftermarket starter and generator.
Maybe he will comment.
The Westinghouse brand is on Mark's eBay store.
Most of the electrical ones came about at the storage battery times, 1913 to 1917 or so, advertisements fell to zero in 1919.
One issue of FordOwner, Sept 1914 shows ads from these makers of electric self starters: R.C. Wells, Leece-Nelville Co., Kemco Electric, North-East Electric.
And mechanical starters from the driver's seat by: Home Light, Boston Starter, Ever-Ready, Gemco, and Mogul Starter Co. !
How does the one on eBay attach to the T? And what is missing from it? Did it go in the front?
the mounting bracket is all there but there is no drive,charley
i have a rockway self starter. not on the car, and never played with it yet. here's our last discussion on it http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/400538.html?1384141182