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  • Starter motor - where to buy?

    Looking for reliable source of starter motors. My Autolite MDU 7005 on my 170 cid, 6 cyl OHC starter is dying. Sorry, I don't have a lot of faith in items on e-Bay/Amazon (if I'm misguided here, let me know).

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    A lot of A-G-S auto electric re-buiders have closed up shop but there are still some around. If you don't have one local you could always ship it out.
    Some cater specifically to old car hobbyists.
    What I can't get done locally I send to http://special-interest-autos.com/
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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    • #3
      Rebuilding starters and generators has always been a dicey business. It seems as if many of the rebuilders hired inexperienced workers and did shoddy work. At least that has been my first hand experience back in the 70's. Are they any better now that there are less of that type of starter and generators in circulation? Probably not.
      Last edited by RadioRoy; 10-18-2018, 07:12 PM.
      RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

      17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
      10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
      10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
      4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
      5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
      56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
      60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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      • #4
        I'll have some, but not for a few weeks. These will be gone through , cleaned up and rebuilt as needed.

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        • #5
          If the fields and armature are OK, then clean it up, paint it, and polish the commutator and replaces brushes as needed.
          DO NOT UNDERCUT the commutator, as the copper brushes and strong springs keep the insulating material worn down.

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          • #6
            Vintage voltage in Hinsdale Ill. He’s rebuilt a starter for my 36 Ford, generators for my 51 and 57 Studebakers.

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            • #7
              A local rebuilder did an excellent on my brother's starter from his truck. I agree about the eBay stuff. Some of it is just cleaned and painted and some is good. The hard part is telling the difference.
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              "In the heart of Arkansas."
              Searcy, Arkansas
              1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
              1952 2R pickup

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              • #8
                The difficulty with my sarter is that the drive gear that turns the flywheel is frozen in the starting position.

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                • #9
                  The Bendix drive will remain in the start position until the
                  flywheel turns it a certain RPM after the engine has started.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by paul shuffleburg View Post
                    The Bendix drive will remain in the start position until the
                    flywheel turns it a certain RPM after the engine has started.
                    Yep, that's the way some of the drives are made. My friend bought a new one for his Army Jeep, and as soon as the seller handed it to Mike, he said "now don't play with it and spin it up the helix". So naturally Mike did just that. The seller stuck the new drive on a screwdriver shaft and held it to a high speed wire wheel to mimic the engine speeding it up to disengage it, and it released.

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