Has anybody ran the upgraded starter that Mac's sells?
My starter is shot on mine, and came across this while looking up rebuild parts. Any input?
This is not necessarily an upgrade. It's just another option. Having an original unit rebuilt should be as good or better than the "new" unit, which is not new, but a rebuilt starter with some new parts added for use with a T.
That appears to be a L.D. Becker manufactured starter. One of his sons, took over the business upon his death and is still making the starter in both 6v and 12v configuration. I would check with them directly to see if their direct sale price is cheaper than through Mac's. It might save you a few dollars plus freight costs, depending on where you live.
I bought two of Mr. Beckers 12v starters at Hershey just before he passed away. I have not had a bit of trouble with either of them. My understanding is that Mr Beckers (sons?) are making them now and Mac's is selling them for an unreal amount of money for them.
Just a word of caution.
I work on Model T starters every day and I have seen four of these starters with this problem.
Ron the Coilman
I'd send the carcass to Ron Patterson. I'd end up with a real Model T starter that works and will likely outlast me, and would probably cost less.
So far, I have found part of the shoulder broken off of the gear on the bendix and the battery cable post is broken. Would prefer to totally go through it or replace it so no troubles down the road.
I think Daryl Becker, like his dad, includes a lifetime warranty. You can get a 12 volt starter from him for $165 plus shipping. I would not be hesitant to buy from him.