it takes some time before you can just shove it in and crank with out looking
and REMEMBER ALWAYS PULL UP NEVER PUSH DOWN AND DONT WRAPE YOUR THUMB AND FINGERS JUST CUP IT. AS A KID SAW A GUY ON A MODEL A PUSH DOWN IT AKTUALLY FOLDED HIS ARM BROKE IN QUIT A FEW AREA'S.
In the 1980's had a 1930 ford AA truck started it 6 volt/12 volt/hand crank funny thing it allways stated easier by hand crank.
allways ignition off choke if temp required turn with crank twice
ignition on pull up once 98% of the time it always started.
did same with alpine
AND REMEMBER ALWAYS PULL
Sorry, but I have to say BULLSHIT. I started my '67 type IIa for two winters in Jackson WY, often in subzero temps, and you will break your arm trying to pull up on it. Mine always started in about a 1/4 turn - I'd just get it on compression, with the choke set, the crank at about 2 o'clock, push it down and and boom, it'd be running. The only time I hurt my arm was trying to do it as you suggested, which is what I'd been told by someone. Never again. You need to be able to drop the crank off the nut immediately. For a righthanded person, this is normal.
It was a regular voodoo ritual - I would unplug the magnetic heater I attached to the oilpan in the winter and take it inside, then set the choke, pump the carb twice quickly by hand and kick it over. It ALWAYS started right up, despite have loose screws from a poor carb rebuild the previous owner had done and a twig holding the float in place. (I found this out AFTER driving it to Oregon.
) BTW, you can fit a stagecoach trunk, three guitars, two toolboxes, a dog, multiple backpacks and skiis and LOTs of other stuff in an 88 if you are determined. Ask me how I know.
I had replaced the top gasket (homemade - it didn't have one -made it out of gasket material figuring something was better than nothing) and constantly was checking the screws on top of the carb, but never rebuilt it, as I knew it needed a new carb (the same idiot used whatever screws he found around his crash-pad to fix the carb.
) I planned on replacing the carb with a single barrel Weber, but I was broke, and once I cleaned it out and made a top gasket for it, it just ran...except for the screws loosening up - so once a week I'd snug them down. Crazy eh?
I tried loctite, but the carb was too far gone.
Anyway, I'd adjust the choke slightly, then go in for another cup of coffee. By the time I finished and got my lunch together time the thing would be running a little ragged, and I'd wander out and push in the choke, then go back and hook up the dog, grab my lunch and go to work. That truck NEVER failed me, even in 20 below weather, under the worst conditions, and I never had to crank it more than 2X. If the tranny hadn't gone on me in Oregon and I hadn't needed a car, I'd still have it. Best vehicle I ever owned, but after starting the thing literally a thousand times (I lived with a crank for over 2 years) I can tell you, that's not the way to start a Landrover...unless you want to get hurt. So, no offense, but No.
One thing about crank starting - people just can't believe it. I'd stop for gas, then get out and tip it over (and that's all it takes with a loose engine on a warm day) and they would go wild. I had the top off one summer and some guy yelled "SEE ANY LIONS?" Too many Daktari episodes I guess.
Anyway, that IIa was the best vehicle I ever had, and not a shred of problem from Lucas, Prince of Darkness, once I figured out the brake lights problem it had when I bought it. It took three beers to make me start thinking like an Englishman!