Here's a little ditty on starting the Grant (same powerplant), from the
website at http://www.headley1.demon.co.uk/grantst.htm
1. Make sure that the master switch and ignition switch are 'off' and
that the gear lever is in neutral.
2. Check the level of the engine oil by the dipstick on the filter cap
of the oil tank (do not overfill).
3. Inspect the engine compartment for loose and missing parts.
4. If engine has been stationery for five hours or more it must be
turned by the starting handle over at least eight compressions (to check
for a Hydrostatic Lock). If a lock is evident, remove spark plugs from
lower cylinders to pump oil out.
5. Check the transmission and final driver for oil.
6. Check the voltmeter: it should read zero.
7. Close the master switch and the voltmeter should read 24 volts.
8. Turn on the required petrol tanks.
9. Turn on HYCON pressure cock and check for leaks.
10. Prime engine if necessary (not more than four pumps).
11. Check clearance of the clutch pedal and then depress it.
12. Close starter and booster switches together.
13. Let the engine turn for a short while then switch the magnetos on to
NOTE:- Do not prime engine whilst it is turning or switched on.
14. Check oil pressure gauge: should read between 60-80 lbs per sq. in.
(If the oil fails to show within 45 seconds, switch off the engine).
15. Check the flow of the gearbox oil by the tap situated at radiator.
16. Check for leaks throughout the engine and transmission.
17. Check the running of the engine on each of the magnetos.
18. Let the engine warm up before moving the tank. (The minimum oil
temperature should be 80 degrees to 100 degrees).
19. Do not attempt to move off until engine has warmed up for at least
NOTE:- If engine fails to start, check fuel cut-off valve for poor
seating or sticking. Over priming and under priming will cause engine to
be stubborn in starting.
Hope this helps.....
MAPLE LEAF UP! ==>
Zephyr, Ontario, Canada
Maple Leaf Up - The Canadian Army Overseas in WW2
1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment
Bob Smart wrote:
> --- In G104@y..., xxxxxx xxxxxx <panzerdrv@y...> wrote:
> > I am in 1-35 AR out of Baoumholder Germany. We have an
> > old M4A2? Sherman
> > with the 76mm and the 9 cylinder radial engion. No one
> > knows how to start it
> > and any information would help us out greatly. We are
> > trying to get it
> > running again alon with out m24 chaffee and M10.
> > Thanks for any info.
> Have you contacted the US Army Ordinance Museum at Aberdeen Proving
> Grounds? They have a fantastic collection of manuals there and I am
> pretty sure they could provide some help. If you have trouble getting
> a contact through direct channels drop me an e-mail with contact info
> and I'll see what I can do. I volunteer up there giving tours, etc
> and will be there next Saturday.
> Don't know if anyone else mentioned it but if your vehicle has a
> radial it is either an M4 or an M4A1 ( M4 had a welded hull, M4A1 had
> a cast hull) The M4A2 had diesel engines and were mainly used by the
> USMC, British, and Soviet units.
> Bob Smart (bsmart@...)