I would wager that 95 percent of the visitors to this site never had the experience of cranking an auto. My brother had a 1931 Pontiac with a cranking ability. I remember a number of people who told stories of guys getting their arms broken due to improper cranking. The crank was inserted into a hole in the lower part of the grill where it meshed with the crankshaft on the lower part of the engine. Supposedly a half turn clockwise would start an engine which was tuned properly. What an unpleasant task!
GREAT STORY, MIKE!