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    guess our '52 Commander will get a starter rebuild tomorrow

    The Commander let me down for the first time today. I met my wife for lunch and when I started to leave the solenoid would click but no starter. I reached under and tapped the starter lightly, once with my hammer while she pushed the starter button and it started like it always does. I will remove the starter tomorrow and take it down the road a couple of miles to the local, experienced starter/alternator shop and get it fixed. I hope the armature and windings are ok. Maybe the brushes were sticking?
    thom

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    Let us know how that goes.

    Hopefully it is the starter and not some other component.

    Hopefully also, the rebuilder does better work than some of the hacks that used to be in business around here.
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    The guy I'm going to has been in the business for years.
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    Sometimes a good cleaning, brush replacement, and bushing lubrication will make them like new again.

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    I suppose the starter will have to wait . I went to the ER with high pulse rate and chest pains last night and am now in the hospital. No taking the starter to the shop today. Hopefully I will get out later today and get it done tomorrow.

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    Fix you first Thom, praying for you.

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    I'm in favor of starter removal, inspection, brush replacement and yes, a dab of high temperature grease on the thrust bushing or even replace that bushing period.

    And don't let this get your health in jeopardy!

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    Looks like the starter rebuild might have to wait a couple more days. Doc says heart cath in the morning.

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    O,NO, Will have you in my thoughts and prayers. Starter can wait a few.

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    Thom, I am praying for a good result and quick recovery for you. As tim said, fix YOU first!
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    Haart cath went well. No stints needed. I'll be working on the Studebaker soon.

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    Good news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thom View Post
    Haart cath went well. No stints needed. I'll be working on the Studebaker soon.
    That's great, Thom! PTL!
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    These Studebakers are stressful every time I work on mine my hart beat goes up and so does Wifey's.

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    I took the starter off and dropped it off at the rebuilders today. I have jury duty this week so I don't know when I'll get to put it back on the car. If it ain't one thing it's another!
    thom

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    Just wear a T-shirt with the word GUILTY emblazoned across it & you might not be on jury duty very long.

    Regardless...I hope your starter issue gets resolved to your satisfaction.
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    Yeah, I thought about saying kill em all and let God sort it out. The defense attorneys would ruin their shorts.

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    I picked my starter up today and put it back on. It works like a champ, or should I say like a Commander. It only needed brushes and a good cleaning. My rebuilder says he believes it had not been apart before. The odometer shows 99,000 miles. That's a big ole starter, looks like something off a diesel.
    thom

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