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Hand starting a C

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Wis. Bill

03-05-2002 07:11:50

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I have a '41 C that I want to start by hand. Can you guys walk me threw the steps of starting a C by hand without busting my arm or getting frequent flyer miles. As always, thanks for your time.

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03-05-2002 11:07:50

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 Re: Hand starting a C in reply to Wis. Bill, 03-05-2002 07:11:50  
If your C has a distributor on it, I wouldn't try starting it with a crank. My RC had a distributor on it when I got it and when I tried starting it with the hand crank it liked to kick. When I got a magneto back on it, it never bothered kicking. I've never had an AC tractor bother kicking when it had a Fairbanks magneto on it. They automatically retard the timing when starting to avoid kicking.

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03-05-2002 08:47:29

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 Re: Hand starting a C in reply to Wis. Bill, 03-05-2002 07:11:50  
The instructions in the book are safe. You should position the crank to pull up with your thumb on the same side of the handle as your fingers. Pull up for the 1/2 revolution. Do not continue to crank on the down stroke. These are the instructions. They are safe but if the engine is not in good condition, they are also ineffective. This is why the electric start is so great. Is your starter done for? My experience is that the half revolution doesn't get the job done. So after several tries, In frustration I try the multiple turns. It often works but occasionly, a back fire nearly brakes my arm and shoulder. This is not for the meek or weak!

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01-25-2004 18:07:20

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 Re: Re: Hand starting a C in reply to Denny, 03-05-2002 08:47:29  
Want safety? Try this-

First, position the crank to where the handle is at the 12 o'clock position when facing the tractor....

Then, while standing on the left side, (the clutch side), smartly pull the crank towards you.

This way, if it kicks back it will simply pull the crank out of your hand and your body motion from pulling the crank will remove your arm from danger. I would experiment several times with the switch off first! Hey, it works for me and I could screw up a brick!


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