A Word To The WISE

| October/November 1989

Route 2, Box 279-B Pamplico, South Carolina 29583

I keep seeing articles in GEM about safety on showing off your 'Pride and Joy' and I agree with all of them.

But I keep seeing a lot of our friends, after many hours of work on their old iron, start it up by belting it to another engine or favorite tractor. Well let me tell you, from experience, DON'T DO THIS!

I have a 20 HP Muncie, hot tube engine. It can be hard to start, so for a while I started it by belting it to my '39 J.D. 'H'. This worked fine but it was too much for the old J.D.

About a year or two later I found a J. D. 'W' power unit in a junkyard. I bought it and spent a year restoring it. So we retired the J.D. 'H' from starting the Muncie and decided to use the 'W' unit to start it. This was a good idea until the old iron had different thoughts.

We belted the 'W' to the Muncie, started the J.D. 'W' and engaged the clutch on the Muncie and slowly engaged the clutch on the 'W'. Well, the big engine cranked up! Hot Dog!