Anyone know the current status of the LD Becker Starter empire? I have multiple phone numbers, only one goes to a message machine. I know that Larry passed and since I have had issues purchasing. I would like to purchase a new MFG. 12 Volt starter. Any words of wisdom, direction, or known source would be great.
Mike, try :
Wrong area code..... use 419
What's wrong with the factory 6V starter?
They don't work well on 12 volts
They work just fine on12 volts, you will need to use a 6 ft long skinny modern 12 volt cable on the positive, and maybe the same on the ground side. If you just hook up the heavy 6 volt cables to a. 12 volt battery you will slam the Bendix and likely wreck it,
I am sure there are folks who will disagree but it has worked well for Royce's dad, Royce , my self and others. The idea came from Royce's dad.
Use a bendix spring as a in line resistor. It works for me.... Jerry.
Guys, I know all the tricks. Thanks for your input, I'm a 6 volt guy, my customers, they are not. I have a customer who would like to purchase a Becker 12volt starter.
Can you post a picture of the bendix spring as a line resistor?
I would love to see how you have it set up.
Mount one end of the spring to the post on the starter and the cable to the other end.
You probably already know this, he is listed on the MTFCA suppliers page below Hutch. I purchased one from him a couple years ago.
Randy Johnson California Mustangs
PO Box 916
4620 Garden Bar Rd.
Lincoln, CA 95648
Model T Ford 12 volt Generators and Regulators
I think you need to consult with Ron Patterson and get him to build you a 12 volt starter by modifying the field connections on the regular Model T starter.
I think the Beckers are no longer in business. You might call the home phones in Ohio and see what you can find out.
I have one of Beckers' 12 volt starters on my T racer. Bought it last summer. Instead of cranking for 20 seconds car starts faster than you can say Start !. yes they are in business. Bought 12 Volt alternator this yr from them for another T.
I have what appears to be a 12v model T starter. The front bending support (snout) is cast aluminum. Is this a Becker build?
No wonder my car is hard to start.
I don't know the difference between a starter and a generator.
I just sold two as spares to Ross Lilleker in College Station. Both are brand new Becker units. Give him a call. He might sell one of them. 979-218-5148
I meant to say Bendix support. Stupid auto correct!
The starters sold by Beckers have continually had never ending quality issues ,and since Becker Sr has passed there has been no interest or ability to correct these issues from the JR , unfortunately. Yes, some have survived, but such a large amount have had nose breakage issues and drive issues along with numerous internal issues that Macs have discontinued supplying them, it is greatly suggested to have your original starter rebuilt by the many qualified experienced rebuilders on this site , Ron Patterson is an example of one, It is very recommended to search for a more qualified , experienced supplier of the units requested.
Mike -- I've had several rebuilt by Ken Kopsky in Lytle, Texas. He re-routes part of the internal wiring to convert it to 12 volts. Never a problem with Ken's work. email@example.com
What is wrong with an original? And who needs 12 volts? My six volt starter spins the engine over just fine. What could be better, and original too!
Larry - the hand crank in front is better, it doesn't need any current at all
His customer wants 12 volts. Mike wants to satisfy his customers needs.
The main reason to use a 12 volt system is the ease at which accessories can be purchased and replaced. Try to buy a six volt light bulb at a drug store at ten o'clock at night. Try to buy a six volt battery when you need it right now. Charge your cell phone, run your computer, use a converter to get 120 volts. Borrow a battery out of your modern car in an emergency. . . . and so on.
I just purchased a 6 volt battery at a well known nationwide auto parts store here in Califunny. It cost me $125.00! It was also the lowest local price I could find. The 12 volt equivalent was $69.00!
Ted Dumas is exactly right. The customer wants 12 volts. First rule of doing business: The customer is always right.
Thanks, I've offered a rebuilt option to my customer, his insistence is with a new MFG. Thanks for your help.
Just had this question this week and my answer was "no the customer is not always right, often the customer is an imbecile".
The first rule of business is that if the customers run your business you will soon be out of business. I am often asked to do unsafe and illegal things, it is just fun sometimes to say no and watch the frustration.
This has nothing to do with 12 volts to a starter, I have done it on cars and tractors...just general not being walked on in business by people who come to me with needs they can't accomplish then try to tell me how I am going to do it. I don't need those customers and if they know better then why don't they do it themselves?