Just on your comment about 'just a little sniff' of ether to fire up the old 8V71, many years ago we had an old LW 'D Pull' with a tired 4/71 in it that was a bit reluctant to start on a cool morning, let alone cold.
One morning they must have run out of Aerostart, so some genius decided that they'd soak an old singlet or T shirt with petrol, take the bottom dust bowl off the air cleaner ( why they decided to remove the filter itself I dont know), and one bloke holds the sopping singlet, other punches the start button.
And of course it sucked the whole shooting match up into the blower drive box,
Mechanic was not at all impressed when he was untangling the remains of the cloth from the rotors!
Other one I saw was an old 237 Maxidyne engine where the fins off the turbocharger disintergrated and got sucked up into the manifold, made a bit of a mess!
Best Ive seen was a V12 Deutz with a handfull of small woodscrews gone thru it...........The old 1950s IR comprsssors had a sort of flame primer on one of the handhole covers of the 6/71.......you needed three hands,but you pumped a small pump,pushed a spark coil button,and hit the starter at the same time..it was a standard fitting on WW2 Grey Marine/6/71 s too.
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To me this just looks wrong and an accident going somewhere to happen.
I Agree, Classic case of the Tail Wagging the Dog.. IMHO
With all the new stability and braking systems that you would have to have to put it on the road it would be fine, takes a couple of weeks before you can get very far without the brakes coming on all the time but you settle into it pretty quick, first time I drove one around a corner at 3am it felt like I was dragging the dog on it's side.
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