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Old 12-30-2013, 12:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hand crank starting a 51 split window beetle

Neat mechanism for positioning the starter crank... somebody tell this guy to take the shoulder bag off first...

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Old 12-30-2013, 05:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Didn't beetles have a hand crank until close to the end ?
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I used to start my 58 with a rope, had spool bolted under the generator washers. Mine had brand new bumpers that cost $28.75 each complete with al hardware including guards and overrider tubes (US version).

44 years ago.

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That was back before VW forgot what "people's car" meant.
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I think they probably wanted to, along with who came up with the name.
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My mom's '75 didn't have the crank, and my brothers '60 and '62 don't have it either I don't think, at least he's never mentioned and I can't recall any guide on the bumper like this '51 has. Check this out, those with nostalgia for the rope-pulley-start method:
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I used to start my 58 with a rope
Who needs starters anyways?
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My '60 Micro has provision in the sheetmetal for it but none of the hardware.
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My civic now has two unused pulleys on the engine from the AC and the PS... I wonder about a pull cord starter, though I suspect it would be a lot harder than a lawnmover or event the old VWs.

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