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Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Barnyard » Tue Jan 25, 2022 8:48 pm

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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby SamsFarm » Tue Jan 25, 2022 8:58 pm

Lol! :lol:

Thats neat!

And funny!

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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Steve Butram » Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:28 am

We used the bump start method when I had mine in High School
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Postby Rick Spivey » Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:45 am

I made my date push start mine one time, because she didn't know how to dump the clutch and get it started. Could be part of why we didn't date very long after that,,,,
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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Jim Becker » Wed Jan 26, 2022 11:26 am

I remember seeing that thing back in the day in the JC Whitney catalog. I always wondered how it got a grip on the pulley and if anybody could actually get a VW started that way. I never thought it was worth $3.58 to find out.

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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Barnyard » Wed Jan 26, 2022 11:51 am

Jim Becker wrote:I remember seeing that thing back in the day in the JC Whitney catalog. I always wondered how it got a grip on the pulley and if anybody could actually get a VW started that way. I never thought it was worth $3.58 to find out.

Good old JC Whitney! As a young adult I used to browse their catalog like I did with the Sears toy catalog as a kid.
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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Tired_Iron » Wed Jan 26, 2022 2:31 pm

Barnyard wrote:Good old JC Whitney! As a young adult I used to browse their catalog like I did with the Sears toy catalog as a kid.


I did the same when I was younger, all kinds of neat stuff in the J.C. Whitney catalogs. I also browsed the Radio Shack catalogs too before they disappeared. Later on in life, I ordered some body panels for an old Ford I had. It seemed that I was getting J.C. Whitney catalogs once a month afterwards.
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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Jim Becker » Wed Jan 26, 2022 3:18 pm

Tired_Iron wrote:. . . It seemed that I was getting J.C. Whitney catalogs once a month afterwards.

Are you sure it wasn't more like once a week? I heard when they eventually went bankrupt their biggest creditor was the printing company.

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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Tired_Iron » Wed Jan 26, 2022 7:48 pm

Jim Becker wrote:Are you sure it wasn't more like once a week? I heard when they eventually went bankrupt their biggest creditor was the printing company.

It might have been. They were everywhere! Started using them to mask small parts for paint. No surprise they were in debt to the printing company.
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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Gary Dotson » Thu Jan 27, 2022 8:31 am

Before the internet, J.C. Whitney was what we had. Over the years, I bought a lot of parts from them, some good, some less so. There was a lot of junk in their catalog to sort past but I always enjoyed browsing them. A couple catalogs per year would have been quite sufficient but they wanted to be the first one you thought about. There was also Warshawski catalogs. I had always heard that Whitney was one end of the building, Warshawski, the other end. The catalogs were the same.

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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby SamsFarm » Thu Jan 27, 2022 9:03 am

I remember JC Whitney before I was driving, after I started driving I do not have much memory of them.

We had some local speed shops, and Summit Racing was only a half hour or so away!

"JC Whitney began in 1915 as The Warshawsky Company, a scrap metal yard on the South Side of Chicago. The company's founder was Lithuanian immigrant Israel Warshawsky. Throughout World War I, Warshawsky bought failed auto manufacturers and added new parts to his inventory. The Warshawky Company continued to grow, even during the Great Depression. The company closed its Chicago location and opened a new location in LaSalle, Illinois, in 1997."

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/JC_Whitney

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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Jim Becker » Thu Jan 27, 2022 12:58 pm

This is a pretty interesting article, written by someone with firsthand experience:
https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/nostalgia/jc-whitney-the-rise-and-fall-of-an-automotive-icon/
The JC Whitney name has been eliminated by the parent company since this article was written.

Whitney and Warshawsky each had their own address. In the early days of the Whitney name, it was treated more as a retail mail order company. Warshawsky was more of a wholesale supplier to repair shops. Thus there was a price difference between the two. This gave rise to the folklore that the same items were less expensive when ordered from Warshawsky long after it was no longer true.

Whitney's street address was on Archer Avenue while Warshawsky's was on State Street. Their building was at the intersection of those streets and had separate entrances on each street.

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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby tst » Thu Jan 27, 2022 3:00 pm

I remember back in the 80's when I use to ride out to Sturgis for bike week going through Chicago sometimes we would pass the building along the way and it was HUGE
Gravely used the same pull start strap also

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Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Feb 01, 2022 9:52 pm

You guys needed better cars. My 59 Renault 4CV had a multi purpose tool that was the hub cap remover, lug wrench, jack handle, and crank.
Starter went out, and it took a few days for local auto parts to get another one.
Killed the motor at the 4way stop right in middle of town one day.
Jumped out, stuck the tool in through rear bumper and gave it a quick spin, then got back in and drove away.

Neighbor was behind me and later asked what I was doing at the stop. I told her my rubber band ran down and I had to wind it back up to get through town. :lol:
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Re: Start Your Old VW WhenThe Battery is Dead

Postby Eugene » Tue Feb 01, 2022 11:17 pm

Use to order hard to find parts from J. C. Whitney. My last attempt at a purchase was a sun visor for my Dodge pickup. Sun visor, that's the thing old pickups had that fit in front of and over the windshield to block the sun's rays.

Stationed with the US Army in Panama. Sun visor arrived, didn't fit. Repackaged in available cardboard, send back, asking for one that fit. Couple weeks later the sun visor arrived in the same packaging I returned it.
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