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Possible to push start a r107?

I distinctly remember my 300D having instructions on how to push start it.

Do our r107s have that ability in them? Basically the gist was, get the car up to speed either by towing or going down a hill and then put it into 2nd gear and hope it fires up. Once it's fired up, you simply stop the car and let it idle for a bit to let the oil circulate.

With all of this said, do you guys think our cars would survive and be operable in an EMP attack? I want to make sure I can look super cool during the apocalypse!
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I had a friend drag a parts car on the Dolly once. I was in one car, and the friend was in my truck dragging a 70's 450sl. The shifter bushing was a little sloppy. I had my friend follow me to a gas station to gas up both my vehicle and the truck (with the car on the Dolly). When we pulled into the gas station I got out and heard the r107 on the Dolly running. It must have slipped into drive and started up while being dragged. So I would guess it is possible, but not something I suggest. The r107 seemed to be fine, even though I'd expected it to have been damaged.

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That sounds like a definitive yes on that part! Good to know we have that ability.
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it's in the handbook

my starter went all sloppy ( temporarily ) last year. I live on a hill. As long as i could have reached about 20mph then the whack it in 2 and pray for ignition should have worked. I checked in my daily hack, and a roll downhill to the point where I would need to brake for the T junction got me to about 10mph.

as long as we are in the boot of the car when the big one goes, we ought to survive as well as our cars.
there will be no radio to listen to though. perhaps we should make plans now to all meet up at apocalypse +365 at the ruins of our local dealers.
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Do our r107s have that ability in them?
Mine does.

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Do our r107s have that ability in them?
Mine does.
Don't be shy, i'd like to hear the story of you rolling a pig down a hill.
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Well....wait for it.....I actually have a clutch. Comes with the 5 speed.
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Automatics normally no. Not only is there the torque converter, I understand that the imput shaft needs to turn for oil pressure to control the lot. But then it will probably work with the remaining oil in the system. The B should be a good setting as it is suppose to allow the engine to brake the car (Bremse) for down hill and all.

I agree though Manual is all around better for older cars that need the occasional push or stall in front of lights etc.
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Yes it works

I had the starter go on my 350slc,72 or 73 anyway my mechanic friend was there in his Bronco so we just attached a longish tow strap,got it up to 30 km/h in neutral and then into 2nd. Luckily the slc was already warmed up so transmission oil wasn't a problem. Old Jags and Daimlers have the same capability and yes the tow started the slc and I drove home.


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My owner's manual says "yes", but I cringe at the thought and doubt I would ever try. If you're ever tempted, I'd say that's when you call AAA for a flatbed.

I would envision it as being the opposite of skydiving without a parachute; like a sudden and brutal stop, but in reverse.
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