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the model A and church.

Post by bud delong » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:52 pm

Warm,sunny,and the fall color was perfect so we drove the model A 15 miles to church.When we went to start to leave i found the battery stone dead and the light switch on! I do not know if i bumbled it or if we had help? Needless to say after a short tow by a car we were on our way with no problems. :oops: After almost 20 years this was the first time the A had ever let us down. :oops: I need to be more careful! Bud.

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Re: the model A and church.

Post by HalSched » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:07 pm

I always carried a crank in my Model A. Are they still around?


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Re: the model A and church.

Post by Tmodelt » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:13 pm

My grandpa carried the hand crank for his Model A Coupe on the " package shelf" at the top of the seat back. Kept it handy for starting or as a weapon. HA!


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Re: the model A and church.

Post by bud delong » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:20 pm

Yup,Under the front seat but the battery was stone dead.The man who towed us first offered a 12 volt to 6 volt jump but i did not like the idea of that.Bud. :D


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Re: the model A and church.

Post by 2nighthawks » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:53 pm

When in high school, I had a '28 Model A Standard Coupe. One Saturday or Sunday, I was over at my girlfriends house (who eventually became my good wife of now, 55 years) and apparently, somehow, had accidentally left the headlights on all afternoon, and when going to start the car to go home, found that the battery was completely dead. Because of my Dad, who was a railroad switchman in Chicago, I always carried a switchman's lantern on the package tray by the back window. I took the 6 volt lantern battery out of the switchman's lantern and jury-rigged a hook up the the Model A ignition system, while my girlfriends dad stood there laughing at me, saying how silly of me to even think that the car would run that way. I then proceed to get the hand crank out of the trunk, hand cranked the engine to a normal start the normal way (a couple pulls choking and a "start" on about the third pull) and proceeded to drive away just like it was no big deal! I can still see my girlfriends dad standing there, wide-eyed and with mouth hanging open in surprise as I drove away!


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Re: the model A and church.

Post by bud delong » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:08 pm

I like that idea Harold,and i think i will get one!! Thank you! Bud. :D

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Re: the model A and church.

Post by John Warren » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:17 pm

Been there done that. A dead battery just never happens at a good time. If it happens at home, would be the only exception. The hand crank can definitely bail us out. I have had to push start the race car more than once. At times I wish I could have hand cranked it. In my case it is not an option. You all have had to do what you have had to. Good job!
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Re: the model A and church.

Post by Tom Hicks » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:09 am

Your first mistake was driving an A Model, the second was going to church.
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Re: the model A and church.

Post by Rich Eagle » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:36 am

Cranking my model A through a broken front casting and between frame horns and over the bumper always left me with scraped knuckles. I started it by pulling the fan blade all one winter when the generator quit working. Fewer mishaps. Low compression helped.
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Re: the model A and church.

Post by Norman Kling » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:18 pm

Rich,
You are fortunate to still have your fingers. I wouldn't try to start by spinning the fan.
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Re: the model A and church.

Post by Rich Eagle » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:50 am

It was a two bladed fan and it did sting if I wasn't quick. The engine didn't have too much compression but I had to keep the fan belt tight. I wouldn't do in now but it was better than jacking a wheel up to spin or breaking my knuckles using the crank. A better battery and rebuilding the generator eventually save my fingers. It was my only transportation at the time.
Ouch!
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