How To Start And Drive Your Model T Ford

Submitted by: Squrlz4Sale 3 years ago in Tech

This explains why my grandmother (born 1898) would always ask my grandfather if he"d ""cranked"" the car.
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Male 2,419
Thats a beautiful story Squrlz, sounds liek evenings around the fire would be a treat in your family!
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Male 13,624
I watched a Top Gear episode showing the oddities
but this went far beyond that
great post most entertaining
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Male 1,060
Great post---Thank You.
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Male 6,227
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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Male 6,227
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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Male 6,227
@ 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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Male 425
If i ever buy a car again ... :)
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Male 458
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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Male 14,334
If you don`t crank those the right way you can really hurt yourself!
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Male 621
I watched this a while back. I`d love to give one a try someday.
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Male 38,507

I watched it not expecting much but it was really very interesting. Would love to have one.
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Male 7,031

Something a bit different ... and interesting.
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Male 4,746
Great video! I had no idea they were that complex! Thanks for posting this, Squrlz!
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Male 2,419
pfff grandmother? i cranked cars in my day`s boy!

See, works a charm too
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Male 6,227
Link: How To Start And Drive Your Model T Ford [Rate Link] - This explains why my grandmother (born 1898) would always ask my grandfather if he`d ``cranked`` the car.
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