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  • UGH! Now a spinning starter...

    63 Project sedan again with the 62 259 transplant. The engine had come from a Wagonaire with an auto tranny and I've got it mated with a T-86OD in my Lark. Found what appeared to be the correct starter in one of my parts boxes, as the engine didn't come with one. From the first run, the starter hasn't sounded right so I took it back to the guys who've always done great electrical work for me and he replaced the bendix drive and whatever else. Now when I hit the key, the starter seems to just spin and not contact the flywheel. No movement of my fan at all. I'm using these bolts:



    Wrong ones? Need more shoulder? Bolts not the issue? Ring gear has no missing teeth and looks fine. I'm stumped!

    BTW, if the bolt looks out of focus, you'd better make an eye appointment!

  • #2
    Are you sure you got the same starter back you gave them?
    The automatic and standard transmission ones are different (legnth of snout)

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    • #3
      Tom, I bet your Bendix is not engaging. Sounds like a bad drive unit to me.

      In re: your bolts - check the pic below. The ones on the top are the special Studebaker factory starter bolts (as supplied to me by StudeRich). The long shoulder is essential for proper alignment of the starter motor. If you can't find originals, you could get some longer bolt stock and cut to length, but either way the standard type will not do!




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      • #4
        I think you will find that the shank on the above screw is a larger diameter than the lower one, too. I'ts made to just fit the drilled hole, rather than having clearance.

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        '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
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        • #5
          Tom is there any chance that some one tested the starter on the bench, and didn't get-put the bendix back in the correct position? I did this by accident when I was cleaning up my starter on a wire wheel, pryor to repainting it. I took it the G & H Starter [division of Romaine Elec.] held it against there much larger wire wheel to get the bendix to reset. Took all of 2 minutes. Seems the starters don't reset themselves like most others. Lou Cote [8D]

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          • #6
            Thanks so much for the helpful ideas, as always!

            I found some bolts with the longer shoulders and decided to try them. Work like a charm! Also found a few nuts I didn't cinch down tight enough at the carb, allowing a vacuum leak.

            She not only fired up without crazy noises, she runs smoothly from the start and for the first time, I feel like my project is actually going to make it on the road! Were it not raining today, I take it for a spin but don't have the hood on yet.

            One thing more (for now)... my one-wire alternator wasn't showing a charge so I took it back and he showed me how to 'flash' it back into charging - without dropping my trousers! [:I] Has anyone else had to do this? He said if an alt sits for long periods without being used, this happens. I'd never heard of that before.

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            • #7
              Glad you got her running, Tom!

              I've never heard that about an alternator. I know generators have to be polarized, but I've never heard of an alternator needing any sort of inducement to work. What brand is it?


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              '63 F2/Lark Standard
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              www.studebakersandiego.com

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