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69Z28

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Where to send starter for rebuild.
« on: February 22, 2013, 09:13:02 PM »
Can anyone recommend someone that could rebuild my factory Z starter? I'm just looking to have it rebuilt and NOT restored. I have done a few in the past myself but I want an expert to check mine out. It's been sitting a long time and not sure what all it needs. Can't find anyone locally to do it.

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Re: Where to send starter for rebuild.
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 11:48:22 PM »
Nothing in your local Yellow Pages (or Google) under "starters" or "generators"?
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Re: Where to send starter for rebuild.
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2013, 12:20:33 AM »
I didn't see anything locally some electric motor shops. I tried a place down the road from me and he said no he wouldn't touch it. I assumed it was too small a job for them. Ill check again. When I googled I only found mostly how to R and R  them. I do have a Hemmings I was going to look thru as well.

I was thinking of sending mine to Jerry M but I really don't want to have it restored just make it functional. Do you think he would do that? I was looking for someone that I could trust so I knew I was going to get back the same starter.
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Re: Where to send starter for rebuild.
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2013, 12:54:45 AM »
I bring them to a local shop that's been doing them for decades. Listed as Aternator & Starter Repair Service.

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Re: Where to send starter for rebuild.
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2013, 01:02:50 AM »
I bring them to a local shop that's been doing them for decades. Listed as Alternator & Starter Repair Service.

I agree. I did that for my starter and alternator and the cost was around $40 each. I told the guy it was for a show car so he knew I wanted to retain the original cores
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Re: Where to send starter for rebuild.
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2013, 02:06:31 AM »
OK guys I'll google that and see if I can find somewhere close to my location.

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Re: Where to send starter for rebuild.
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2013, 02:55:56 AM »
You can rebuild it.  It is very easy.  Is the starter "dragging" badly?  If not, then you can disassemble and replace brushes and bushings.

The chassis overhaul manual only has 6 pages on it.  I can scan and email to you if you wish.

Most of it you won't need anyway.  99% of the time, you need to replace the front bushing, lube the rear bushing (they rarely wear out), replace the brushes, and clean the armature.  You DON'T need to turn down the armature most of the time.  I am talking like one out of a thousand.

BTW, as I stated on another site, I really like silver and black.  You need to post some more pics of that car.

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Re: Where to send starter for rebuild.
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2013, 04:09:28 AM »
I second what Lynn posted; it's not much to a starter motor..  cleaning, lubing bearings/bushings, and possibly replacement of brushes usually takes care of it.   The solenoid is a separate animal, but can also usually be cleaned and made to work.
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Re: Where to send starter for rebuild.
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2013, 05:02:29 AM »
Yeah I can rebuild it. I have done 3 or 4 but only to the extent of installing new brushs. I have replaced a few bendix as well but this one I think needs going over. It's pretty cruddy from sitting for a long long time. It was given to me when I bought the car 12 years ago and it has a load of caked on oil and dirt, and I don't know WHAT'S inside the case. I haven't tried to spin it. I really want to let an expert do it this time. I'm using a gear reduction starter now that I like but I would like to at least have the option of going back to the factory one if I need it.

I have another question too. Wouldn't I have to change the nose on the starter to use with a 168 tooth flywheel? I'm using a #621 bellhousing with an 11" clutch set up with a gear reduction starter.

Would anyone like to do it for me?

Thanks guys.

Hey Lynn I posted more about the pistons and rods on the what's it worth post I put on T.C. for that 512 DZ block.

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Re: Where to send starter for rebuild.
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2013, 07:43:05 PM »
How do you test the armature without a growler?