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How To Start And Drive Your Model T Ford

Hits: 4079 | Rating: (3.1) | Category: Technology | Added by: Squrlz4Sale
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MrOrange
Male, 30-39, Europe
 2342 Posts
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:45:34 AM
Thats a beautiful story Squrlz, sounds liek evenings around the fire would be a treat in your family!

ferdyfred
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11692 Posts
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:58:50 AM
I watched a Top Gear episode showing the oddities
but this went far beyond that
great post most entertaining

Zismo
Male, 18-29, Canada
 796 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 10:55:38 PM
Great post---Thank You.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 1:15:35 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.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:56:44 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.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:49:53 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.

Rizzo71
Male, 40-49, Europe
 386 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:04:09 PM
If i ever buy a car again ... :)

mesovortex
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 451 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:48:26 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.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13519 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:49:46 AM
If you don't crank those the right way you can really hurt yourself!

KtySpix
Male, 18-29, Canada
 621 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:43:03 AM
I watched this a while back. I'd love to give one a try someday.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:37:18 AM

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

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5447 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:17:39 AM

Something a bit different ... and interesting.

patchouly
Male, 40-49, Canada
 4630 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:15:51 AM
Great video! I had no idea they were that complex! Thanks for posting this, Squrlz!

MrOrange
Male, 30-39, Europe
 2342 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:52:05 AM
pfff grandmother? i cranked cars in my day's boy!

See, works a charm too

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:38:46 AM
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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