I don't know if this qualifies as a ghetto repair or not. I worked with a guy many years ago who had been a repairman at a BMC dealership here in the US. He told about a time when every new car delivered to the dealership had to have the choke cable replaced before it was delivered or put out on the floor. It seems that previously the manual choke mechanism was pulled out to close the choke and turned to lock it in the choke position. Otherwise a spring would return it to off. There had been a number of engines that were damaged from running too long too rich, or maybe it was the beginning of emission concerns. In any case, all the new models would no longer lock when turned. You had to just hold the choke until the engine was warm enough to run without stumbling.
This may have been alright for owners, but it was a thorn in the side of the longshoremen who drove these off the ships at the port of entry. Frustrated at having to hold onto the choke handle or, god help us, wait a bit for it to warm up they came up with their own fix. To start the car they would pull out the handle and bend it over. So at the dealership, all new cars got the fix.
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