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Re: Embarrassing...
Fox #1313439 Thu Jun 06 2019 07:42 PM
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 187
Shop Shark
I did that in my neighborhood once not too long after I'd gotten my truck. It stalled for some reason, I don't remember how/why, but it died a couple of car lengths short of a stop sign. For whatever reason, my instinct was to reach for the key as if I was going to start it. I had switched the key off without realizing it, then remembered that the key doesn't crank it, so I tried stomp-starting it, but it wouldn't fire up. I think I made it as far as opening the hood and removing the air cleaner to see if I had flooded it before I realized my mistake. Fortunately I don't think anyone saw me, unless they were peeking through their blinds from inside the house...

Re: Embarrassing...
Fox #1313443 Thu Jun 06 2019 10:06 PM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 440
Shop Shark
Been there done that, been there done that, been there done that. No it’s not a typo, been there done that dang

Jim Schmidt.
Bucks County, Pa.
1953 3800
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Re: Embarrassing...
Fox #1313444 Thu Jun 06 2019 10:10 PM
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 730
Bondo Artiste
If you haven't done this you don't drive your truck enough.

1927 Chevy Capital 1 Ton truck - basket case
1941 Chevy Suburban - Parts only
1949 GMC Suburban - 10 year project
1945 GMC half ton truck - Driver
1946 Chevy COE - Might restore one day...
1959 GMC Half ton long bed NAPCO
Re: Embarrassing...
Fox #1313448 Thu Jun 06 2019 11:16 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,478
ace skiver
I did it once in my 1948 Panel (bought in 1969), that had non-working fuel gauge.

I have never done it in my Suburban (bought in 1972), or other A-D/ND trucks.

Because, when I got the Suburban, I got into the habit of enjoying seeing the fuel gauge needle move before foot-cranking to start (it also became my reminder on how much gas I had).

Tim []
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. []
Re: Embarrassing...
Fox #1313456 Fri Jun 07 2019 01:45 AM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,737
Fox Offline OP
A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I’ve also done it on snowmobiles. Pull, pull, pull, pull...Is the key on? Ugh.😎

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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

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Re: Embarrassing...
Fox #1313545 Fri Jun 07 2019 07:49 PM
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 215
Shop Shark
Originally Posted by Fox
I’ve also done it on snowmobiles. Pull, pull, pull, pull...Is the key on? Ugh.😎

Yup, done it on both the snowmobile and the '53...

1953 Canadian GMC 9314 w/ (factory) Chevy 235
Re: Embarrassing...
Fox #1313575 Sat Jun 08 2019 01:13 AM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 2,097
Shop Shark
OMG! Been there so many times......

Craig's '50 Chevy 3100 5 window
My truck
If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: Embarrassing...
Fox #1313576 Sat Jun 08 2019 01:38 AM
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 142
Shop Shark
I had an old '68 pickup back when I was in High School. One day I pulled into my parking spot at the school, turned off the key and the motor kept running. Turned key on, turned key off, turned key on, turned key off, motor still ran like I was doing nothing. So I ended up putting it in 4th gear, holding the brake and popped the clutch, that killed it.

Later that evening, I investigated the cause of the problem and found it to be the key switch. No matter what position the key was in, the ignition system had power. The only thing that seemed to work on the key was the START position would engage the starter. Having to fix it that night, I identified and cut the wire coming out of the key switch and installed a toggle switch under the dash. So now, to start the truck, I would flip the toggle and then use the key to start it. To kill it, I would reach under the dash and flip the toggle switch.

One several occasions in the years following, I would forget the toggle switch and crank and crank and crank on the engine. Then I would remember the toggle switch. DUH!

'53 3100 5-window
'57 Mercury Monterey 2-Door Sedan
Tim H
Re: Embarrassing...
Fox #1313578 Sat Jun 08 2019 01:42 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 9,446
Master Gabster
If one is able to play it off as though nothing happened, without anyone noticing, it never happened. Just sayin.'
My favorite "out" when someone seems ready to call me out, is to fall back on, "I was cranking the engine without the ignition on in order to increase engine speed without the drag of the incomplete combustion process, so that when I finally do turn the key on, it will start right up."
"It is similar in concept to push starting a truck with the clutch pedal depressed, and then popping the clutch once the correct speed is reached."
That will work for most, excluding that guy who once witnessed me push starting a truck and I popped the clutch without the ignition on...

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