The rear engined Hilman Imp had a hole in the rear crossmember for a starting handle, right up to the end of production in 1976, although I think the factory supplied starting handle,crank attachment and bumper strengthening bar kit were an extra.
A Series With A Crank Start
Posted 04 August 2018 - 09:40 AM
Does anyone have any photos of the starting handle kit for the mini or how this is braced onto the hub?
Posted 04 August 2018 - 11:54 AM
Found this on a quick search:-
"The starting-handle kit just referred to is made by Oselli Engineering, Industrial Estate, Stanton Harcourt Road, Eynsham, Oxon. It is ingeniously arranged so that the handle can be inserted when the left front wheel is turned to full lock. It is necessary to cut an opening in the wheel valance and to bolt two guide plates in place to position the inner end of the handle. A bracket, bolted to the front suspension, steadies the outer end of the shaft. The only other job to be done is to unscrew the crank shaft-pulley securing bolt and substitute the starting-handle dog bolt, which is also provided in the kit."
Posted 04 August 2018 - 10:34 PM
The crank dog is easy enough as they are still available for the Minor, the handle maybe available also (with some slight mods).
But as you have said I need some pics of the support and how it goes onto the hub, to be able to try and replicate it.
Posted 05 August 2018 - 09:30 AM
You could try asking on the Mk1 Forum below as some of the members know a lot about the early accesories and may have seen the kit at some point.
Oselli Engineering Brochures:-
Edited by mab01uk, 05 August 2018 - 09:31 AM.
Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:19 PM
Thanks for the links, ive had a look through them afger you posted them but there is no real pictures of the starting handle kit without the wheel and wing in the way.
Posted 28 September 2018 - 05:45 PM
The November 2018 issue of Miniworld magazine has an interesting archive article about Oselli which mentions the Mini Starting Handle Kit, see below:-
Oselli Engineering - The Three Engineers
One of the first products was a starting handle kit designed to fit the BMC transverse engine layout. No major modification was needed to fit the device, customers simply added an alloy bracket (later versions were cast steel) that bolted on to the wheel hub, utilising the existing steering arm bolts. With the nearside front wheel on full left-hand lock this allowed the handle to be inserted and aligned with the nose of the crankshaft dog, which was supplied with the components.
"The kit was extraordinarily successful as it attracted publicity for Oselli from Practical Motorist, Car Mechanics and other motoring publications" asserts David Oldham who started Oselli with Tony Toller and Dudley Gliddon in 1960 to supplement their poor apprenticeship wages.
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