> My old WWII Willys Jeep had the ability to be hand cranked, and I often
> this for fun, or display...Or to show off! With the engine having been run
> anytime in the previous few days, she would generally start in about 1/2
> 1 turns of the crank.
> Usual practice was to set the crank in place, assure she was out of gear,
> set the brake, pump the gas a couple times, set the choke and
> throttle(Triumphs lack this cable tho...) switch the ignition on, and then
> run forward and crank her before the points burned.
> If all was well, she would start right up.
> Method used to turn the crank- I would stand to the right(US passenger
> of the crank, and grip the handle lightly with my right hand- keeping all
> fingers AND thumb on the same (top) side of the handle,and wrapped. I
> then start the handle clockwise with a quick twist of the arm, and a
> outward(forward)pulling motion as it caught, to pull the crank away as the
> engine fired, and it disengaged. This kept it from possibly hanging up, of
> catching in the belt. Usually would pull it through the bumper with a
> "Clang!" at the end of the firing stroke. Looked and sounded great.
> Jeeps and Triumphs being relatively- relatively mind you- the same engine
> size, etc, you shouldn't experience too much kick back. The jeep engine
> rather tight, having been rebuilt recently then, and as it was used,
> starting was easier. I don't think I ever had my knuckles smacked, but I
> always ready to release incase of a fly away, thus the grip. And always
> sure it is out of gear. One easy way to do that is a slow first turn- if
> car starts coming towards you, go check your gear lever :)
> Having told you all that, I will let you wonder about how I could get the
> jeep to run on only one cylinder, and drive it around... My exgrilfriend's
> grandfather told me this trick ;)
>> > Message text written by INTERNET:ZinkZ10C@aol.com
> > >Does anyone know the proper way to hold the crank while turning?
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