[Healeys] Replacing the starter with a gear reduction starter

healeyguy at aol.com healeyguy at aol.com
Thu Dec 10 19:00:17 MST 2020

Can't speak to the gear reduction units.
Long ago, usually because original parts were not available, old timers would try other British parts on our Austin Healeys to keep those $300-$700 cars on the road.  With some work a Lucas starter from a Jaguar (in this case part number  26183B,   pretty sure its from a Jag MK2, will fit in a six cylinder AH. Fit issue is between the starter case and the engine block. Some grinding or file work required.  Anyway these starters are a bit more stout and will spin the AH easily. I don't have the specs on both starters but every thing seems to be bigger in the Jag unit.  As stated by others a stock starter will do the job if its in good nick but how much regular maintenance gets done on a starter. Just another piece of, perhaps, useless info. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Begani <rfbegani at gmail.com>
To: Ahealey help <healeys at autox.team.net>
Sent: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 2:55 pm
Subject: [Healeys] Replacing the starter with a gear reduction starter

You may remember I mentioned my BJ8 would not start after a run because of overheating.  the engine did turn over with a wrench, and 50 amp on the starter made it only moan.  So I will replace the starter.  Many of you have recommended a gear reduction starter which is available from Moss and others.  What source do you recomend.?  Also, I see it shows an additional bulge which must be the gears.  Will it fit into my BJ8 engine compartment without having to remove the engine?  As it is I will have to take out the tunnel to get to the starter bolts.

Another item I should have replaced when I rebuilt the engine was the oil pump.  When the engine is hot the oil pressure drops to less that 20 psi at idle.  This engine was rebuilt with only 20 over and is using the same cam etc.  what  oil pump should i install and is the Moss pump a reasonable replacement?
Bob Begani

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