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Date: 09/17/13 07:38 AM

15 Responses to How To Start And Drive Your Model T Ford

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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    September 17, 2013 at 7:38 am
    Link: How To Start And Drive Your Model T Ford - This explains why my grandmother (born 1898) would always ask my grandfather if he`d ``cranked`` the car.
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    MrOrange Male 30-39
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    September 17, 2013 at 7:52 am
    pfff grandmother? i cranked cars in my day`s boy!

    See, works a charm too
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    September 17, 2013 at 8:15 am
    Great video! I had no idea they were that complex! Thanks for posting this, Squrlz!
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    September 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Something a bit different ... and interesting.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    September 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I watched it not expecting much but it was really very interesting. Would love to have one.
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    KtySpix Male 18-29
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    September 17, 2013 at 9:43 am
    I watched this a while back. I`d love to give one a try someday.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    September 17, 2013 at 9:49 am
    If you don`t crank those the right way you can really hurt yourself!
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    mesovortex Male 30-39
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    September 17, 2013 at 11:48 am
    This doesn`t sound so complicated to drive now that I`ve watched it all.

    The cars 20 years earlier were much more difficult to drive and start. You had to deal with whole versus half compression, and just about everything from the clutch to the brake and the throttle were levers.
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    Rizzo71 Male 40-49
    427 posts
    September 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    If i ever buy a car again ... :)
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    September 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    @ MrOrange: Wow! I had no idea you could crank start a Citroen. Neat video.

    My grandmother lived to be 101. She was independent into her 90s and maintained her intelligence and sense of humor to the end. Without fail, whenever we were going someplace, before my father would help her out of the house, she would ask him, "Have you cranked the car yet?" Having watched this video, I now understand. I think most ladies back in the 1920s and 1930s preferred to remain indoors until the car had been successfully cranked because it often took longer than expected.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    September 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    One Model T anecdote that I read once, I forget where, involves the car`s headlights. Back in the days before GPS and streetlights, it wasn`t unusual to get lost driving on some backroad at night. The Model T`s headlights were dim, so to read a road sign, the standard operating procedure was to creep the car up to the sign, put it in neutral, then rev up the engine, using the throttle lever. That would cause the lights to glow brighter so you could make out the road sign and know how to get home.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    September 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    After I wrote my last comment, I suddenly remembered the greatest Model T anecdote of all (for my family, anyway). I can`t believe I almost forgot this; it`s something I learned when I conducted a tape recorded interview of my grandmother when I was in graduate school.

    The way my grandmother and my grandfather met was that my grandfather`s Model T broke down in front of my grandmother`s family`s farmhouse. I kid you not. This was in north-central North Carolina. My grandfather asked to borrow some tools from my great-grandfather. My grandfather and Nellie (my grandmother) felt a spark and then my grandfather started "courting" her, driving out to meet her for dates in that same Model T. The rest--including my father and *me*--is history.
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    Zismo Male 18-29
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    September 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm
    Great post---Thank You.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    September 18, 2013 at 1:58 am
    I watched a Top Gear episode showing the oddities
    but this went far beyond that
    great post most entertaining
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    MrOrange Male 30-39
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    September 18, 2013 at 6:45 am
    Thats a beautiful story Squrlz, sounds liek evenings around the fire would be a treat in your family!

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