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Old 09-06-2019, 05:07 PM   #1
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I have a new to me 1917 T Touring I can't get it started. It was sitting for a few years, I have put a new set of plugs rebuilt the carburetor, new commutator, coils have a good spark! My arm is getting sore from cranking. My question is can I tow it in high gear and try to start it that way?
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Old 09-06-2019, 05:42 PM   #2
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jack one wheel in the rear off the ground- much easier to start..........
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:27 PM   #3
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If your coils are buzzing, can you get sparks on #1 plug when you rotate it through with the hand crank? Will each cylinder build compression? If it has a stuck valve or two, you can pull it all day without it starting. It doesn't have to have a lot of compression but it has to have enough to draw in a mixture. It may build a bit more compression if you squirt some oil in each cylinder. Marvel Mystery Oil or a good penetrant can help free up sticky rings & valves.

You mentioned rebuilding the carburetor but what about the fuel tank? Is it in good clean condition? Cars that set a long time can get pretty fouled up.

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Old 09-06-2019, 07:17 PM   #4
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If the coils are working I would try a shot of starting fluid first before working on any thing else.
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Old 09-06-2019, 07:29 PM   #5
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The tank is in good shape, I did jack up the rear tire, I pulled off the head and 1 valve was stuck but not bad. I will try some starter fluid but I was wondering if it is a bad idea to tow it a short distance and that would jump it?
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Old 09-06-2019, 11:05 PM   #6
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Don't pull the front axle out of it. If you do make sure it is on video, cause you might recoup the repair bills. Get a bunch of friends for a push party. Our club push started one once!

PS: the driver better be experienced also, the urge/tendency to throw in the clutch fully is a real strong one when it starts.
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I 2ed the driver better have some drive time and know how to use the pedals. When the car starts in excitement the low pedal could get pressed all the way down right into low and back of tow car.
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Old 09-07-2019, 08:49 AM   #8
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Many of the "New Commutators" sold by the vendors are poorly made. Do you still have the original one? You need to have 2+ gallons of fuel in the car. Set the carburetor one turn from closed on the mixture knob. Make sure the timing is set properly so that spark for the #1 piston occurs just past TDC with the lever all the way up. You may have to bend the timer rod to get this right.
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