Starter replacement bushing

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2017: Starter replacement bushing
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By john kuehn on Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 05:08 pm:

Is there a replacement bushing available for the babbit bushing that's in the nose end of the starter? It seems that every other bushing or bearing is available except that one for a T starter. Seems like you could remove the worn or cracked babbit one and press in a brass one.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Stephen, South Texas on Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 05:46 pm:

A press-in replacement bronze/brass bushing would probably be too thin to hold up. And getting a press fit on a previously babbitted surface would be tough for the average DIY'er. The babbitt is usually re-poured and sized or the snout is machined to take a slightly thicker bushing then sized.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Bennett - Australia on Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 05:47 pm:

John, my gut feeling is whitemetal was used in this application because it was tinned in place and thus fixed in the starter snout. While a bronze bush may do the job, there is a risk it could be dislodged. A shoulder on the outer end would help stop it running up the shaft, and perhaps there is not enough room when the starter is fitted for it to migrate out the end of the snout.

Others may have different ideas.

Allan from down under.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan McEachern on Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 06:41 pm:

A model A wrist pin bushing is usually a pretty nice press fit after the babbitt is removed. The bushing needs to be bored in alignment with the shaft bushing after installation.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rolf Oehman Oslo Norway on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:30 am:

You probably already seen this video from Mike Bender and Nick Nicholas . Lot of information.
https://youtu.be/tCRdm6YiinM


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem - SE Michigan on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:35 am:

A bronze bushing works fine. As Dan says, it must be finish bored after installation to assure proper alignment. ALSO, make sure the snout has not been bent and in need straightening. Very common.


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