Oh, heck. I've got a pretty darn fine starter/battery story.
My Dad had what we think (we don't have it anymore) a '46 Cub with no documents or anything. The one thing it had was ALL of the cultivators down to the last nut and bolt, but I digress...
Anyway, Dad would never fix nothin' if it was gonna cost a dime. A carb rebuild kit was something like 18 bucks at the time but would he fix it - nope. Why fix it, was the reasoning. The gas stopped pouring on the ground once the tractor started....which leads to the story.
He also broke the starter rod/button hook up and wouldn't replace it - don't recall but he might never have had it in the first place. He also apparently never knew the tractor had a positive ground. Besides the fact that I now wonder why it would turn over at all with the battery backwards
, he used to take the bare cable and touch it to the starter contact to start the tractor which it would - in an absolutely wonderful
shower of sparks that were like July 4th....especially beautiful in the snow
Well, sparks, gasoline flowing out the dripping carb...you get the picture.
He never blew anything up or caught it on fire, but you can bet your last Cub dollar that I used the hand crank to start that tractor up!!!
Memories like that contributed to purchasing the Cub in the first place. Seems like you just have to have one around, you know? Let's see...there was the cobbled together snow blade, poking a stick through the radiator while pushing a brush pile with said cobbled snow blade, cracking the rear end housing trying to pull a boulder the size of a small house... And I wonder why I bought one!
Heck, all I've got is rust and a balky clutch - where's the fun in that???
Dad ended up trading the tractor for a woodstove...danger never diminishes, it just changes form!!