I heard my starter whining, so pulled the bendix and noticed that the starter shaft was snapped about a 1/4" (+/-) inside the bendix collar where it changes diameter. Question, can just the shaft be replaced? If so, where do you get one? I can take it and have it repaired, but can't seem to find any literature or threads on here that tell me how to remove the shaft so it can be properly aligned and welded. Any help? Thanks,Jeff
That is where they always break!
It was probably badly bent in the past by someone accidentally starting the engine with the spark lever advanced.
As it is further used it flexes at that point (where the shaft necks down to the size of the Bendix drive shaft ID and remember the starter has three bearings) and finally fatigue breaks.
It should not be too much trouble to find another usable armature, disassemble the starter and install it, but that is a trap for logical people. It will not be a simple replacement because you will have to adjust other stuff for the new armature.
Give me a call if you need help I work on Model T starters almost every day.
Ron the Coilman
Thanks Ron! Let me try and find a used armature and see where that takes me. I just got one of your re-built coils a couple of weeks ago! Works like a champ!
Check with Dave Huson--he's near Denver and has lots of T parts. He frequently posts on the forum.
Thank you Mike.
Man I LOVE seeing inside the shops of the pros! So cool. Like the picture Jay posted of Model T stuff all in his house - it's almost exactly what I imagined - his place just bursting at the seams with T parts and accessories.
Stan Howe needs to post some pics of his place. He seems a little more in the Evil Genius line though, like it would be more of a lair than a shop. Mr. Stan I say that with the utmost respect and only mean that in a good way. =D
If I could do anything in the world and make a living from it, I would run a Model T shop. I'd manufacture something folks want but isn't currently being made, a la John Regan or any of these other guys - as well as fix/restore/hotrod anything folks would bring to me.
Anybody in the Carolinas need their rear-end rebuilt? I've got 2 under my belt. 1 on the road and the 2nd one is waiting for Nathan Bright to finish his speedster.
HOTROD "anything folks would bring" you??
As my Scandihoovian-Arabian uncle, Yassir Youbetcha, would say: "May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits."
I say that with the utmost respect and only mean that in a good way. =D
I don't know if my rear end can even be rebuilt, but it sure is dragging. Can you fix that?