Always a good idea to turn it over a few times by hand when it has been sitting long.
Don't crank and crank with the seacock open. I always start my Atomic with it closed, and open it immediately after it has started, if I anticipate a stubborn start, such as when it hasn't been ran in a few weeks. Your diesel
will never suffer from a dry carburetor bowl, but it will probably be hard to start when cold, or when you have ran out of fuel
. Always check for good water
flow, too, as soon as you have it running. A good upgrade, if it doesn't already have one, is a small strainer at the discharge side of the water
pump. It will catch any bits of impellor before they can clog up something you don't want clogged up.
Looking at the prop, it should be obvious which way it has to turn in order to make it go forward. A right-hand wheel
is much more common than lefties. A right-hand wheel
turns clockwise when looking at it from astern. Also, your hand crank will only engage the shaft in one direction. Trying to turn it the other way will have it simply slip off, sort of self-ejecting itself. This is a safety
feature, so when the engine
kicks over and starts turning faster than you are turning the crank, the crank simply disengages and it doesn't do bad things to your arm, hand, wrist, noggin, etc. Oh, on the subject, when hand-STARTING as opposed to just turning it over, make sure your thumb and your fingers are all pointing the same way around the handle. A kickback won't be as likely to injure your hand.
Glad you got it going! Congratulations, and enjoy your new engine! I wish I had one...