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Looking for starter for a 69 twin cam
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Sideways



Joined: 03 Oct 2011
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Location: Delta BC Canada

PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peteleo wrote:
According to the Lotus elan forum a 135 ring gear diameter is larger than the 132 r/gear. So apparently the Lucas 11 th starter won't work.

Lucas starters are reliable if properly rebuilt including refurbishing the solenoid.
Below is a HD rebuilt 3 bolt Lucas starter. I've cut the center mount off for better clearance to fit the Cortina / Anglia. These will last for years in a original spec engine.




The starter is basic and reliable - the problem is the weight/length of the Lucas - if not properly torqued and if it works loose, as it does, the starter tilts and then starts munching away at the ring gear (please do not ask me how I know!).

The Japanese starters I used were a third of the weight of the Lucas and two thirds the length and did not ever work themselves loose.

And if they ever did fail (never happened) a quick trip to the parts store got you another, right off the shelf.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bell housing depth doesn't effect both type original inertia / pre-engaged starters as they are mounted flush with the back of the block. Aftermarket flywheels may have a ring gear off-set and may require a special starter.
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