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Flippin the flywheels style.

  1. Check all the grease cups and fill as needed.
  2. Check the oiler and fill as needed.
  3. Using an oil can, lube the rocker arm, exhaust and intake valves, cam follower, pushrod slides, bevel gear for magneto, ignitor, and then a small amount on the skirt of the piston.
  4. Insure there is enough fuel in the tank by adding some.
  5. Check the water level in the hopper and add as needed.
  6. Pour a small amount of gasoline onto a nice terrycloth rag.
  7. Wrap rag around the air holes of the mixer.
  8. Set fuel mixer at 1 1/2 turns out from closed.
  9. Hook wire up to the ignitor. (I never leave the wire connected when not running)
  10. Turn the flywheels until I feel compression starting to build.
  11. Place my hands on the rim of the flywheels, making sure that my thumbs are not hooked around the flywheel but rather are also on the rim of the flywheel.
  12. Place one foot onto the edge of the cart.
  13. Give a good sharp pull. Repeat from 11 as required.
  14. Remove rag and sit down to listen to the stack music.

Crank handle style.

  1. Check all the grease cups and fill as needed.
  2. Check the oiler and fill as needed.
  3. Using an oil can, lube the rocker arm, exhaust and intake valves, cam follower, pushrod slides, bevel gear for magneto, ignitor, and then a small amount on the skirt of the piston.
  4. Insure there is enough fuel in the tank by adding some.
  5. Check the water level in the hopper and add as needed.
  6. Place a thin coat of grease on the inside of the crank handle, and also on the crankshaft.
  7. Set fuel mixer at 1 1/2 turns out from closed.
  8. Hook wire up to the ignitor. (I never leave the wire connected when not running)
  9. Insure that there is no one standing right behind me or to the rear of the engine.
  10. Put a glove on my cranking hand.
  11. Place the crank handle on the crank shaft.
  12. Hold the intake valve in slightly, and start cranking.
  13. When at sufficient speed, remove the crank handle while still holding the intake valve open.
  14. Release intake valve, and push the choke plate closed.
  15. Release choke plate, sit down and listen to the stack music.

The use of the crank handle works best, as the type of magneto used requires
some speed in order to obtain sufficient spark.