I have a '26 coupe that I need to remove the starter in.
I read on the forums you have to remove the bendix prior to removing the starter.
I removed the 2 screws holding the spring but the drive head will not come off. I tried to put a puller on the head but there just isn't enough room for my puller.
When the previous owner restored the car he put in a distributor and removed the mag coils to reduce weight.
So my question is this: do I really need to remove the bendix before I pull the starter? I don't want to break something and I'm at a loss as to what to do.
David, if you are sure your car doesn't have coils you should be able to remove the starter without taking off the bendix.
My T doesn't have a magneto ring so I tried to pull the starter out once without pulling the bendix just to see if I could do it. No luck. I still had to pull it. Maybe someone had better luck than me?
But anyway, David, I'd say pull the bendix off anyway. It's actually pretty easy to do, and it can save you a lot of headaches!
By your term mag coils, are you referring the 4 wood boxes with points on the top ? Previous owner restored the car..... "restored" means anything from frame off to a spray can spritz.
Those coil units have been called a lot of things.
The magneto that's in the engine next to the flywheel has 16 wound coils . To change to a distributor, one does not have to dismantle the engine to remove the magneto, just revamp the wiring to use the distributor.
Chances are the magneto is still on the engine, and yes, you have to remove the bendix not to damage the magneto.
The head of the bendix is keyed to the shaft along with the locking screw. A same size socket as the head with a hammer nudge straight inline with the shaft might loosen to remove. ..... ChannelLock or ViseGrip next sans puller ?
Mag coils were removed from the flywheel and I was told he put oil scoops in place of them. There are photos of the car when he brought it home. It was literally in pieces and he did a complete engine rework. I will try the socket and hammer trick and let you know if it works.
Thanks for the postings.
David, here's a little handy tip for you as you try to put things back together. Glue the Bendix cover gasket to the engine. (This is simplest to do before you reinstall the Bendix). Then install the Bendix cover screw closest to the engine loosely. The Bendix cover is slotted, it will slip under that screw, if you mess with it a little bit.
It's real bear to to get that screw started once the cover is on. NOTE: Don't loose those screws, they are their own special thread size.