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Johnjohn67
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Date Posted:05/22/2018 1:35 PMCopy HTML

in the summer I stayed home with grandma while my mother still went to the school office that was open all year.
I would watch my mom leave from my upstairs bedroom every morning. I was not attracted to her but I was mesmerized by watching her try to start her old beetle. More often than not she would be trying for five or ten minutes. From upstairs I could see the car shaking and I would be able to see her bouncing through the windshield. This was every day, rarely did it ever start right up, but almost always she would get it started.

I remember one time it took a long time to start, but once it did she backed out to the end of the driveway and it stalled at the curb.

While I cold not hear the engine cranking I knew the car had died. After a very long time I saw her get out and try to push the car back into the driveway. She was struggling in her heels to get the car back in so I ran out and helped her. She was very upset and had killed the battery.

We pushed the car back in as far as we could and she called a friend of hers to help. We had no money for a mechanic so we relied on friends and the custodian from the school to fix her car. They would work on the engine while she tried to start it.
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Re:Window watching

Date Posted:05/22/2018 2:51 PMCopy HTML

Very nice story! Watching from the window, a hard starting car, and then stalling while backing out. This is very close to my perfect cranking fantasy. :-) I'm eager to read more stories, even with the other two cars your mom owned. :-)
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Date Posted:05/22/2018 3:00 PMCopy HTML

 Wow thanks. I will tell about the other 2 cars but there is a lot to tell about the bug first. That was her car for most of my growing up and it gave her trouble almost every day.
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Date Posted:05/22/2018 9:23 PMCopy HTML

 Nice story, would she rev once the cars started? How hard if you had to guess (approx rpm) for every car she owned?
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Date Posted:05/22/2018 9:24 PMCopy HTML

Good story  If you wish go find a person on clips4sale called "cranking 77" because she is has a new clip of cranking a vw beetle and tell us what you think.  Were there any times when the car stalled while you were in it while mom was driving?  And welcome.
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Date Posted:05/22/2018 9:57 PMCopy HTML

Thanks for the warm welcome.  Yes she revved it a lot, I do not know the rpms but I would say over 4,000 if the bug was capable of it.
There were many times it died while we were riding in it and, mostly if it had been raining a few days and the weather was damp. It was very difficult to start it those mornings and many times it didn’t start at all under those conditions. The engine would just crank for at least the first five minutes or so. She would crank the engine over 30 seconds on each attempt. 

After 5 minutes of this, or maybe 10, the engine would start to sputter and she would really pump the gas pedal quicky. Over the next ten minutes she could get it started and she would rev the engine for a minute or two depending on how late we were. If it didn’t start sputtering after 10 minuets I pretty much knew it was not going to start.

There were many days it would stall on her somewhere. If it was raining hard it would stall before we got to the school, usually as we were in town and had to stop at the lights. We would come up to a light and it would just turn off and she would panic to get it started. Cars honked and so on.

Because of this (I think) she always drove in the righ lane, but one turn we had to make was a left turn light and her car must have died at that light over a dozen times. She jammed traffic and either she got it started, we got pushed off the road, or a police car showed up. One of those times she got very upset because she broke down there and it was raining so hard no one helped us. She killed the battery and then we just sat there in the rain and she was holding back tears. I remember I gave her a hug and she started to cry.  That same day she could not get it started after school and we needed help because she drained the battery.


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