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#1313375 Thu Jun 06 2019 04:23 AM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,183
Fox Offline OP
A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I was at a local show last weekend and my wife brought along my 1 month old daughter and my, almost two year old, son rode with me in the 1 ton. We parked, entered the truck, and enjoyed most of the morning before the kids got tired and had to head home for lunch and a nap. My wife departed and I had about an hour before I needed to follow her to help with chores and such around the house.

So, I hopped in the truck, with friends watching and saying goodbye, strangers watching “the guy with the 1 ton”, and I stuck in the key and proceeded to turn it over.

Whirrrr, whirrrr, whirrr....nothing!
Whirrrr, whirrrr, whirrr...nothing!
C’mon! What the?!

Grind...ugh...the one dead spot on the flywheel. UGH!!!!!

By now everyone is watching me and I’m truly embarrassed.
I put the truck in gear and touched the starter to help lurch the flywheel into a good spot.
Whirr, whirr...nothing...


“Pop the hood, Fox,” said my friend Barry.

I looked down. I put the key in but failed to turn it on!!

Turned key, kick start...Vrooooom! Like a champ.

So embarrassing! Especially when you’re parked next to a brand new 2019 Dodge Demon muscle car! Funny but not funny!

Last edited by Fox; Thu Jun 06 2019 04:31 AM.

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Fox #1313386 Thu Jun 06 2019 10:22 AM
Joined: Aug 2016
Posts: 173
Shop Shark
Ha ha, good one!

Fox #1313387 Thu Jun 06 2019 10:35 AM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 3,103
Welcome to the old car world. My 37 Buick has a flip switch on the steering column and you step on the accelerator pedal to start it while my 46 Ford has the column flip switch and a button on the left side of the dash. If my head is out in the ozone for some reason or I have the idiot device (cell phone) pressed against my ear I have pushed the button or stomped the foot feed and cussed them for not starting. A flip of the off-on switch always makes a huge difference.

Fox #1313390 Thu Jun 06 2019 11:09 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,734
Unrepentant VW Lover
Fox ... (sigh) ... okay, now that you've joined the club ... that is something we all (most everyone -- it's never happened to me as far as you know ...) do but *never* admit to. The trick, which you must learn, is to notice and deftly turn the key without drawing any attention to yourself while doing it. And then get the heck out of there before any of your "helpful" friends want to troubleshoot your ignition or fuel system ... smile

If you'd like, I can delete this thread before too many of your friends see it .... smile


Oh, and if you have "friends" like mine, the next time your truck won't start after it's been sitting with the group with the hood opened unattended, check two things:
1. Pull the distributor cap and check that the rotor is still there
2. Check the coil to distributor wire to make sure some one hasn't replaced it with a length of vacuum tubing with the correct ends on it ...


"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers

'49 Chevrolet 3804
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Fox #1313405 Thu Jun 06 2019 01:48 PM
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 1,016
No, no, tell me it ain't so. You have "friends" who love a practical joke?

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Fox #1313408 Thu Jun 06 2019 02:12 PM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 967
A friend had a 1940 Chevy 1 ton stake that he was having auctioned off. I did some work on it before the auction to get it running. At the auction the auctioneer announces that it is a running truck and he jumps in to demonstrate. Tried for all he was worth to get the key to turn that engine over. No luck. Another friend of mine wanted that truck so he bid on it and got it much cheaper, since it wasn't a running truck. As the auctioneer stepped to the next item in line to auction, I jumped in the truck, turned the key to the on position, pulled out the choke, and hit the foot stomper. Fired right up!!! Oh, the look I got from that auctioneer. Made my day.


Fox #1313410 Thu Jun 06 2019 02:15 PM
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,431
Vacuum line for a coil wire, now that goes too far. Borderline evil. I do however like it, a LOT!

1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1964 CJ5

Fox #1313420 Thu Jun 06 2019 03:34 PM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 1,847
This is good stuff!!!!

I once parked my '48 inside the glass shop when I had all my flat glass replaced. They knew about the foot start button but turned the key all the way to the right (off #2). They wore down the battery, recharged it and pushed it outside.

I didn't ask them if they knew it was 6-volts for the charger.

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29 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
Fox #1313422 Thu Jun 06 2019 03:44 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 9,523
Ex Hall Monitor
I refer to the stomp starter on my '38 as my theft deterrent device.

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Fox #1313438 Thu Jun 06 2019 07:33 PM
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 165
I did the exact same thing in the Home Depot lot. Fortunately, nobody was nearby to witness my embarrassment.

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