In Reply to: Hard to crank start posted by Tom on December 19, 2020 at 08:28:44:
Every N-Series tractor came with a hand crank, and every Model T, Model A, and Early V8 as well. Going back to before the electric starter motor, engines were hand cranked, often resulting in broken arms from the kickback. It wasn't until one of Ford’s earliest engineers and innovators, Henry M. Leland, 1843-1932 came along. This is the man who fathered the V8 engine, the electric starter motor, the Cadillac automobile, and the Lincoln automobile, amongst his many other accomplishments. The electric starting motor was a huge innovation in the 20th century. In April, 1944 Ford released a Shipping Parts Kit which included a hand crank, p/n 9N-17040. The Ford-Ferguson 2N Warhorse Model used no electrics, just a magneto, and had a special spring-loaded hand crank and wooden spinner handle just for it -see photo. To start, the tractor was cranked by hand. The Warhorse also had a double-throw choke lever with the extra linkage going to the RH front dogleg to assist when starting–see photo. The spring-loaded crank was meant to stay in the kingpin while in use. The NAA also had a hand crank, similar but with a ‘knuckle’ on the lower arm. I’ve found a hand crank comes in handy when rebuilding an engine and you need to do some preliminary testing while on the engine stand. Just curious, are you missing your starter motor, plan to use the hand crank a lot, or just bored?
FORD N-TRACTOR SHIPPING PARTS KIT p/n 2N-17003, RELEASED APRIL, 1944:
1943 FORD 2N WARHORSE, NOTE -CHOKE KNOB ON RH DOGLEG & HAND CRANK:
*Pictures courtesy of Chris Eby and his restored 2N warhorse.
SHOWN TOP TO BOTTOM: 9N-17040; 2N-17040; NAA-17040:
FORD-FERGUSON 2N-17040 HAND CRANK (WARHORSE ONLY):