So. Where do I start. Facebook, and my favorite facebook group, Mahogany Hot Rods. Its a fun group and is very well managed by fellow Woody Boater and local pal Jamie Taylor. Some one posted a story on a tool kit found in a 1920’s Chris Craft. COOL, but things got wonky as they seem to do on the internet. The subject of a crank came up, and well, I said it was used to start the engine. Which it is. But then people started saying no it wasn’t, yes it was and so on. So. I wanted to try it out. Honestly I was and still am scared. As Jimmy calls it. An Arm Breaker. Model A’s were famous for that.
But what the hell. Even if I wound up in the hospital, its a better story and can milk that one for a week. I am not a proud man, bring it on. So. First lets talk about the PAWL. Its the mother part on the flywheel that the father crank tip has. A key of sorts that allows it to spin off once the engine starts. Okay. I can do that….
Okay.. Here is a video..
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Oh, NO ONE MENTIONED THE KICK BACK.. WTF? SON OF A B^$&#*&@. Holy hell. No story is worth this. In my head it was going to go so much smoother. A couple cranks and bam chuck spit spat vroom, Bobs your uncle. BUT HELL.. That kick back is insane, even Jimmy who I double dog dared to do it said no. JIMMY! Ya, Jimmy who in high school rode his chopper through the hallways Jimmy. So guess what? I tried, failed and saved my arm. Hell I only have two of them, and I have a love life to consider.