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Thread: there should be a international "hand crank your rover day".

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    Default there should be a international "hand crank your rover day".

    I've had to do this now and then ............ always got a cheer from someone !!

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    True story, Came out of the local beer store after collecting some "supplies" and an old timer stood there and watched me use the hand crank to start my series engine, fired up right away and the old timer says " I have not seen anyone do that in 55 years",,, Loved it!!

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    Got a hand crank for Christmas, and having trouble getting it to work (our series iii is starting fine, I just want to try the hand crank out). Does anyone have any tips?

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    I do think it goes counter clockwise, if I remember doing this properly, find a compression stroke, and give the handle a good bump, pull hard,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by seriatum View Post
    Got a hand crank for Christmas, and having trouble getting it to work (our series iii is starting fine, I just want to try the hand crank out). Does anyone have any tips?
    You are turning the key to ignition before cranking I assume....

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    I found even the slightest issue with ignition timing, plugs & points, or idle mixture can make hand crank starting difficult. Had this issue with my S1 when in France & my starter motor packed up. Towing or Bump starting worked but not Hand Cranking. It was the carb setting had drifted and the timing was slightly out.

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    it will only crank one direction, when engine spins faster than you do it is suppose to sorta pop out ........ watch out for a backfire !!!

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    I've got a 1960 IIa with a Solex carb and an electric fuel pump. I've had great hand crank starting by topping up the carb with the electric fuel pump, pulling the cold start out all the way, ign.key off turn the engine over (360 deg) 1 or 1 1/2 times, to load up the cylinders with fuel mix, turn on ign. and pull 1/4 turn and it usually starts first pull. I actually did this after the vehicle sat for 12 years. Removed and polished the points, remote fuel tank with new fuel, checked for spark by opening and closing points. followed above regimen and it started FIRST pull.......12 years, big smile on my face.

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    Long ago the timing was not set properly, the engine fired prematurely, spun the crank around backwards and smashed my wristwatch crystal.

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    That's why you shouldn't put you thumb round the handle when cranking

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