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Trevor Triumph
03-05-2007, 12:20 AM
I washed and waxed my Spitfire in preparation for the show today- over one hundred cars in Phoenix. This morning, Sunday, I twisted the key and the engine almost caught. I pulled the choke out and then the starter motor wouldn't budge. I tried rocking the car in gear, and then tried a cable from the battery to the starter. No luck. Second consecutaive years I have not had the car in this show. Maybe it is time to get one of those new gear reduction starters.
The show was fun- I saw some terrific cars- ten spitfires, 14 TR6s a bunch of Minis and MINIs, DeLoreans Spridgets. My wife's taxi, an Austin FX4D, did get a third place award. Met a guy that has a Beardmore, and listened to lots of stories from passers-by saying my dad or grandfather "used to have one of those."

YankeeTR
03-05-2007, 10:12 AM
I would have pushed it to start it and drove to the show...

I'd read all the posts about those 'high torque' starters before I'd buy one...lots of problems getting one to fit...

I really don't think a 9 to 1 compression engine needs a 'high torque' anything!

DrEntropy
03-05-2007, 12:55 PM
Well, we fitted one to a client's V-12 E-Type and it's made a world of difference.

aeronca65t
03-05-2007, 01:12 PM
OK, now *next* year, you'll know to park on a hill the night before!

(and don't worry about starting it when you want to leave the show...it's a Brit-car show, so plenty of folks will he happy to join in and give you a good shove).


Love those Beardmore hacks...very classy!
https://www.weddingtaxis.co.uk/taxis/images/Beardmore3.JPG

Trevor Triumph
03-06-2007, 12:39 AM
It was five o'clock in the mornng- no one to help push. This morning my wife! exchanged starters- from her car to mine. It worked. Curious about what was going on, I tried my starter direct from the battery... It works. I suppose something got stuck? Maybe next time I'll loosen some bolts and tap it with a hammer. T.T.

DrEntropy
03-06-2007, 12:55 AM
Use the hammer FIRST!!! Or a Louisville Slugger. Have "Wife!" hold key in the start position and rap the starter smartly with the bat... "VROOM!"


...as a substitute a cricket bat works equally well.

EDIT:
Then replace starter at wife!s earilest convenience.

70herald
03-06-2007, 01:10 AM
Before you put the starter in, take a look at the condition of the gear teeth on the starter pinion, the CLEAN IT. I would soak it in gas, kerosene etc until it is spotless. screw and unscrew it unit there is No crud at all left in it.
Then put it back. DO NOT OIL IT. Oiling will just cause dirt to accumulate and eventually jam up the works. If you feel the need, you can put some dry graphite lube on (usually available at the hardware store as lubricant for locks)