[Healeys] Replacing the starter with a gear reduction starter

simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com
Fri Dec 11 10:19:17 MST 2020

Isn’t there a braided earth strap lurking down there somewhere? 


With regard to a new type starter, WOSP in my case, it really does spin the engine faster than the original. Much faster. The WOSP’s noise lacks the old-fashioned 

gravitas(?) of the Lucas and, to be frank, sounds a bit like a Renault bread van! Or whatever..

And, the BJ8s, with their 2” SUs, don’t they need a nice fast spin to get the mixture in?



From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> On Behalf Of Bob Spidell
Sent: 11 December 2020 16:26
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Replacing the starter with a gear reduction starter


My BN2 became hard to start a while ago. I installed new batteries and had the starter rebuilt, and I painted it. When I'd initially installed the starter I'd used grade 8 bolts, grade 8 nuts and grade 8 split washers and flat washers under the nuts. I took the starter to a local shop, who said the starter checked-out fine. When I re-installed it I omitted the flat-washers, and the starter worked! Apparently, there was enough paint on the starter and the engine paint to prevent good conduction; the split washers cut through the paint enough to allow conductivity. I don't know if grade 8 hardware is less conductive than grade 5, but since the starter is grounded through the engine plate you need a good connection there (IOW, scrape the paint off).

On 12/10/2020 8:36 PM, banjojohn via Healeys wrote:

I expect you've already checked other possible reasons for hard starting issues, but I had a problem a few years ago that turned out to be a poor connection at a battery terminal resulting in high resistance.  Just a thought before you start replacing things is to check connections and grounds.

John O'Brien

'61 bugeye (Lucy)

'65 BJ8 (Madelyn)




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From: Michael Oritt via Healeys  <mailto:healeys at autox.teaadycheckedm.net> <healeys at autox.teaady checked m.net> 

Date: 12/10/20 9:00 PM (GMT-06:00) 

To: Bob Begani  <mailto:rfbegani at gmail.com> <rfbegani at gmail.com> 

Cc: Ahealey help  <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> <healeys at autox.team.net> 

Subject: Re: [Healeys] Replacing the starter with a gear reduction starter 




As said you can install the starter from under the car.  Though the adapter plates and motor units are indexable to fit most all applications usually there is only one position that will fit on each car so you will probably have to play with things a bit before you find the correct  set-up.


Best--Michael Oritt



On Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 2:56 PM Bob Begani <rfbegani at gmail.com <mailto:rfbegani at gmail.com> > wrote:

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?






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