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    Hi to all....went to start my 1950 standard shift Commander and it would not turn over so i pulled the starter and saw that all the front teeth of the Bendix were chewed up 1/4 inch in...I never saw one that badly destroyed...do you think I have any ring gear damage that would be causing this condition ?...john

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    It is possible, your best bet is to stick a large screwdriver into the
    hole in the bottom of the bellhousing, and turn the gear bit by bit.
    Make a mark with a pen or chalk, so you know when you went 360 degrees.
    I remember reading in a pinch, taking the gear off the starter shaft
    and rotating it so the good side faces out, and than pressing back on.

    Not sure what years this works for, and its been many years, and not
    something I have done personally. The starter may have needed shims
    or other adjustment - or after all these years .. the wrong part!

    Tom

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      some of the earlier ring gears were a "1-side only" type. The teeth were champhered (sp) for easier engagement...(41's comes to mind)

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