Flying Crank Ghost Gets a New Motor

Last night, George, the Flying Crank Ghost finally took his place of honor on the front porch!  If you have been following our blog you may notice that there have been some big changes to George.  For this year, we upgraded from a car vent motor to an actual wiper motor.  The motor difference means that we now have much more power and speed.

Last year we were only able to use a small amount of cheese cloth to “dress” George because the motor was struggling to lift him.  This year we were able to not only use more cheese cloth than before but we were also able to add two full lengths of “creepy cloth.”  The new motor doesn’t even hesitate at all of the extra weight.

We are also tinkering with the power supply to the motor which is affecting his speed.  As of right now, George is moving at two times the speed he was last year.  The effect seems like it may be a bit too much for people who are viewing the prop from up close, but for those viewing from the street, it is perfect.  We may have to figure out how to slow it down on Halloween night.

Just 15 days until Halloween!  Now that’s scary!

Categories: 2011 Props | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Flying Crank Ghost Gets a New Motor

  1. HauntHunter

    You could use a power supply with less voltage. This will lower the speed down.

    • BlackWidow

      Thanks, that’s probably what we’ll end up doing. We just quickly hooked him up to the power supply that was already on the porch. First, we’ve gotta do some repair work to the ghost himself. A major wind storm last week did quite a bit of damage. Right now he’s in a pile on the dining table.

  2. Kitty

    I can’t wait to see it all!

  3. Anonymous

    Hi! Great job on this! Can you give me a hint to how you attached the crank arm to the wiper motor? I have the same set up, but I am having a hard time figuring out this issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


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