This morning somebody posted a video on Facebook showing a guy starting a 1916 touring in the scariest possible way, first pushing down on the crank and then grabbing it with both hands and spinning it. If you've been following this forum for awhile you know what some of the comments were. I decided to make mine a website page so that when the subject comes up I can just post a link and don't have to play author every time.
Very good, Steve. That should save a few broken wrists / arms.
Yes, I saw it too, scary for sure.
Yep. The duct-tape top Roadster guy was doing the same. I cringed when I saw that part.
Ken: I just went back and re-viewed the duct-tape top video. He did not do this. He did two quick pull up only pulls and it started. He did use his right hand, but other than that his method was correct.
Steve: That is a good addition to your very informative web site. Thanks for adding it. The linked video showing the kickback really shows how that could easily break an arm if it were in the way.
I disagree that using the left hand is any different than the right hand. As long as you are pulling up and have the spark set properly you are good. Typically you should not need to pull the crank handle with the key on very often
With the key off, three pulls up with the choke, one pull no choke. Turn the key to BAT and it starts itself. Switch to MAG, adjust the spark and lean the mixture. Drive!!!
Nice drive Royce. I have used the method you use in the video but have never done the additional pull without the choke. The first startup with my newly redone engine will be done that way!