Start Your Engine

 

October 12, 2023



During my lifetime the simple matter of starting the engine on your car has undergone a big change.

The 1941 Chevrolet which took my family through World War II and beyond used a starter pedal. On the floorboard of the car from left to right were (1) dimmer switch foot pedal to switch headlights from high beam to low beam, (2) a clutch pedal which had to be depressed to shift gears, (3) the footbrake pedal, (4) the throttle and (5) farthest to the right, the start pedal.

The 1937 Ford which my father brought as a second car had a push button on the dash to start the engine, but we didn’t have...



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