Crank Starting a 1914 Model T

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The owner of this 1914 Model T hack didn’t know if it had been restored before he bought it or not but it was in beautiful shape. The original owner was a hotel so the body builder in Indiana probably sold it as a “station wagon”, used to ferry guests between the hotel and the train station. While this T indeed started on the first crank, I have to be honest and tell you that the car was warmed up. The previous attempt a few minutes earlier when the car had been sitting for a while took a couple of tries. Besides the cranking, notice how he has to first turn on the ignition coils and once the car fires, he has to hustle to the cockpit and adjust the timing and choke controls on the steering column. Early cars were not easy to use. In fact, the hand crank meant most women couldn’t drive, not having the upper body strength to crank start a car. Early cars may not have had high compression big block engines but they weren’t lawnmowers. The Model T had an inline four cylinder that would be huge by today’s standards, 2.9 liters displacement.

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