Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Joining a Special Club

We have owned our ladies for over 5 years, but in all that time there is something I had never attempted: hand cranking.

This has always sounded scary, with many cautionary tales of broken wrists. So naturally it is something I have always avoided trying.

However, the other day I though I would have a go. I have seen it done by others, and it didn't look too life threatening. I would hate to be in a situation where it became necessary, and not be able to do it.

You will note there is a metal peg hanging from the crank handle. Normally this fits into a rest on the bumper bar to make life easier. However, Célestine's rest doesn't align with the crank ratchet.



The first attempt at starting, of course, I got a kickback. The second time, she started.

So that's another life skill I have. I wonder how many men born in the 60's have hand cranked a car?

3 comments:

  1. Tut Tut Tut Simon,,, Who taught you to hand crank a car,,, Golden rule DON'T put your thumb around the starting handle... If you get a proper kickback it will do serious damage to your thumb... Thumb always over the crank handle!!! I was born in the 50's and have done so many times mainly tractors and they can kick back... C

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  2. Moi aussi...
    same era as Colin!
    I started on tractors, under supervision initially....
    our forester showed how violent kickback was buy holding a bit of bent branch going over where the thumb was...
    shattered it!
    Our hut generator was a bastard to start, too...
    if you flicked the compressor back in at the wrong moment it threw the handle at you!
    There should have been a big spring, wingnut and washer to hold the handle on...
    but they'd been lost in the mists of time!!
    And we own 2CVs!!

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  3. Umm, us girls from that era too! Not just a man skill if none handy.

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