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Manufacturing
WORK INSTRUCTION
Subject 
Reference 
Effective
Starting a 1913 Ford Model T Ford Automobile 
MAS 999 
3/20/09
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Originator:  Jon Donahue
Department: Engineering

Approval 1: Mike Madden
Approval 2: Mike Olivetto

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Initial Release
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4/15/96
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Jon Donahue
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Aureleon test –
3/20/09

MS Word 2003 to HTML
Manufacturing procedure test document with
header, footer, photos, graphics, tables and
text box.

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Document purpose is to test procedure style/formatting in
MS Word 2000 to PDF or to HTML.

This activity covers the starting procedure for a 1913 Ford
Model T automobile.

POLICY
The Driver of the Model T is responsible for safety.
All procedures must reflect actual practices, not previous

or intended practices. This document must be updated
every six months.

RESPONSIBILITY
The Document Owner is responsible for updating this

procedure every six months.

OWNERSHIP
The Manufacturing Engineering Manager is

responsible for ensuring that this document is necessary,
that it reflects actual practice, and that it supports
corporate policy.

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Manufacturing
WORK INSTRUCTION
Subject 
Reference 
Effective
Starting a 1913 Ford Model T Ford Automobile 
MAS 999 
3/20/09
Preface:
This activity is performed whenever you start the 4-cylinder engine of a 1913 Ford Model T.
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Stop and Complete:
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Driver 
1.
Retards Spark
SAFETY -- IMPORTANT!

Move Spark Control Lever (on left side of steering wheel) all the
way up -- this is the Retarded position.

 

 
 

2.

Sets Throttle
Move Throttle Control Lever (on right side of the steering wheel)
to "slightly open " position... almost all the way up.

 
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3.
Sets Transmission Handbrake
SAFETY -- IMPORTANT!

Pull the handbrake on the left side of the driver's seat all the way
back (toward the rear of the car).

 
4.

Sets Mixture Control
Rotate the round Mixture Control knob clockwise until the line
points straight ahead, toward the front of the car.

Passenger 
5.

Pulls out Choke Ring.
Walk to front of car. Pull out Choke Ring at bottom left of
radiator. Pull out all the way.

 
6.

Pulls Starting Crank (with choke ring out).
With Choke Ring pulled out, pull Starting Crank up (in a clockwise
motion) two times. Start pull with Crank at bottom; end pull with
crank at top.
SAFETY -- IMPORTANT!
DO NOT PULL STARTING CRANK UNLESS SPARK IS
RETARDED!  (see Step 1)

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One of the most common Model T accidents is a broken
arm caused by premature engine firing due to an
advanced spark setting. If the spark is advanced when
no. 1 piston is in the wrong position, and the engine
fires, the starting crank will rotate violently and break
your arm or hand.

 
7.

Pulls Starting Crank (with choke ring in).
Release the Choke Ring -- let it go back to its retracted position in
the radiator shell. Then, pull the Starting Crank up two more times.

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This primes the carburetor and the cylinders with gas/air
mixture.

Driver 
8.

Turns Power Switch to "Battery" setting.
Move the Power Switch on the dashboard to the right -- to the
"Battery" setting. Electrical power is now going to the coil and the
sparkplugs.

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Passenger 
9.

Pulls Starting Crank to start engine.
Pull Starting Crank up Once. The car will now start instantly.

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If the engine does not start, check to make sure there is
gas in the gas tank.
Then, take out and clean the spark plugs.

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Driver 
10.

Turns Power Switch to Magneto setting
With the engine running, change the Power Switch setting from
"Battery" to "Magneto". This saves unnecessary drain on the
battery, as the magneto is now producing electrical current.

 
11.

Adjusts Mixture Control
Turn Mixture Control knob 1/4 turn counterclockwise. Turn
slowly. Stop turning when engine runs smoothly.

If dusk or evening, continue with task #12. Otherwise, continue
with task #13.

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Passenger 
12.

Lights Headlamps.
Walk to driver's side of car. Turn valve all the way
counterclockwise on cylindrical acetylene gas tank down by the
running board. Go to front of car. Open glass headlamp doors.
Light each headlamp by placing lit match to pilot hole at bottom of
each reflector. Close glass doors.
Gets in car, releases Axle Handbrake.
This brake acts on brake shoes that press on the rear axle. It is
what we think of as a parking brake.

Passenger 
13.
Driver 
14.
Releases Transmission Handbrake.
SAFETY -- IMPORTANT!

When released, the handbrake lever moves toward the front of the
car and the transmission automatically shifts into Low Gear. Same
as  moving from Park to Drive in a modern car.
Keep your right foot on the rightmost of the three foot pedals -- it's
the footbrake -- acts on driveshaft brake shoes.

 
15.

Advances Spark
Pull the Spark Control Lever about 1/4 of the way down.

 
16.

Selects Low Gear
Keeping your right foot on the footbrake pedal,  push the leftmost
pedal (the forward speed gearshift) all the way down to select Low
Gear.

 
17.

Adjusts Throttle.
Take foot off rightmost footbrake pedal while pulling down
Throttle Control lever -- it's like a steering wheel mounted gas
pedal.

 
18.

Releases Footbrake.
The Model T now moves forward.

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-

To go faster, pull down the Throttle Control.
Adjust Spark Control Lever to compensate for increased
load when going up a hill... move lever up (retard spark)
when going uphill.  
 
 

Note: when going up a really steep hill, turn car
around and proceed in reverse gear.

End of Activity.
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