[Healeys] Replacing the starter

Kees Oudesluijs coudesluijs at chello.nl
Fri Dec 11 15:10:50 MST 2020

Probably caused by brushes not been replaced in time. You can sometimes 
find ones on eBay.co.uk: see eBay Item: 203059655556. This could well be 
the one you are looking for. You can find the correct number in the old 
Lucas books.

Kees Oudesluijs

Op 11-12-2020 om 22:50 schreef gradea1 at charter.net:
> I just "yanked" my BJ8 starter after 70,000+ miles and took it to Don' 
> Auto Electric (he does Leno items),  The car was starting slowly and 
> in a "rolling" fashion and I had suspected a worn motor mount. No, it 
> was the starter-armature was egg shaped and Don said it was the worst 
> he has seen in 30 years! However, he also indicated that the Lucas 
> item was very robust and although he said he couldn't see how the car 
> was ever starting, it was.
> The bad news is that armatures, or rewound ones, are no where to be 
> found.  I finally located a used one in better shape than mine and he 
> is rebuilding the unit. Here are pics of a 60 year old working 
> starter. After about an hour of fiddling it will go right back on the 
> car without removing the tunnel or engine...hint: remove the oil 
> filter at the block connection and it makes it easier to fish.  Then 
> spend some quality time putting the two 9/16" bolts back in place. 
> More Healey fun, but who's going anywhere anyway? Hank, healeyhelper.com
> -----------------------------------------
> From: "healeyguy--- via Healeys"
> To: "rfbegani at gmail.com"
> Cc: "healeys at autox.team.net"
> Sent: Thursday December 10 2020 6:01:06PM
> Subject: Re: [Healeys] Replacing the starter with a gear reduction starter
> Bob
> 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.
> Perry
> -----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?
> Regards,
> Bob Begani
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