/ Diesel Running Backwards #71
I had a similar experience on an old '67 Panther with a Hirth. I was riding with my father and a friend when the sled started slowing and lugging down. Then it backfired and started running smoothly, except when I hit the gas it took off in reverse. Startled, when I let off the throttle it backfired again and started running forward again. It would have been funny if I could have kept it going, and pulled up to them running the sled backward.I want to add my 2 cents. About 50 years ago the neighborhood was out on a snomobile ride, we had about ten different brands, (when there were about 80 or 90 manufacturers). I was running a Scorpion with a 268CC (I think) Sachs 2 stroke engine. It was a warm day and to keep up I was usually at full throttle. We had stopped for a short break and when I pulled the recoil, it snapped back in, but the engine started. What shocked me was when I hit the throttle, the sled went backwards. The single cylinder Sachs recoil housings had a rubber plug oppsite of where the recoil cable came out. I beleive they were designed to be set up to run in either clockwise or counterclockwise rotation. If my cousin had not witnessed the event, I doubt anyone would have beleived me.