WTB: TC Starter Motor

Discussion in 'X1/20 Forum' started by Pete Whitstone, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Pete Whitstone

    Pete Whitstone True Classic

    Location:
    McKinney, TX
    Starter on the Scorpion gave up the ghost today. Anybody got a good working starter they want to part with? Cheap? Cuz I bet shipping is going to be expensive...

    Thanks,
    Pete
     
  2. ASK JJ

    I SEEM TO REMEMBER JJ SELLING ONE IN THIS FORUM
     
  3. jvandyke

    jvandyke True Classic

    Location:
    West Michigan
    Can't tear it down, clean it up, refurb/replace brushes and be good to go? Isn't it usually just brushes that need some TLC?
     
  4. Pete Whitstone

    Pete Whitstone True Classic

    Location:
    McKinney, TX
    I'm not sure that's the case here...

    It actually seems to be the "bendix", or "solenoid", or whatever that thing is that sits on top of the starter motor. The motor itself seems to be ok.

    Pete
     
  5. budgetzagato

    budgetzagato Administrator Moderator

    Location:
    Olympia, WA USA
    Rebuild yours...

    Often the contacts in the solenoid are burnt, and can be sanded and polished or turned over/around to provide fresh material.

    Any competent starter/alternator shop should be able to rebuild yours for a fair price, and will often give a superior result to off-the-shelf "rebuilt" units.
     
  6. jvandyke

    jvandyke True Classic

    Location:
    West Michigan
    I rebuilt my solenoid, pretty easy. Did starter brushes too a few months before the solenoid though.
     
  7. Pete Whitstone

    Pete Whitstone True Classic

    Location:
    McKinney, TX
    Thanks guys...

    I might dive into it. Time is kind of at a premium right now, working 2 jobs. So while I go the DIY route when I can, sometimes I just want to do a quick R&R and be back on the road.

    Pete
     
  8. budgetzagato

    budgetzagato Administrator Moderator

    Location:
    Olympia, WA USA
    My advice...

    If you have any good or "old fashioned" starter/alternator shops in your area start there.

    There's one in my town that is the darkest, smelliest, grossest place to visit but they do good work. The owner is 100% country folk but does great work at a great price.
     
  9. jvandyke

    jvandyke True Classic

    Location:
    West Michigan
    My shop like that went under, must have been the same guys :excited:, it was unbelievable (filthy, unheated chain smok'n but nice guys) They had the parts and the smarts, too bad.
     
  10. jjay911

    jjay911 True Classic

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  11. Pete Whitstone

    Pete Whitstone True Classic

    Location:
    McKinney, TX
    Thanks JJ

    I think I have one lined up already though.

    Pete
     
  12. Chris Obert

    Chris Obert autocrosser, X driver

    Tis the same starter motor as used on lots of other Fiats... You may need to drill a hole to fit on or remove a locating dowl...
    If you can't source one locally I stock rebuilt ones. But as you point out, shipping is not going to be cheap.

    BTW, by far the most common complaint right now is not the price of the parts, but of the shipping. And UPS is going up 7% on the second!

    Chris Obert
     
  13. budgetzagato

    budgetzagato Administrator Moderator

    Location:
    Olympia, WA USA
    Postage option...

    A starter fits in a USPS priority flat rate medium box, $10.50 anywhere in the US in 2-3 days with delivery confirmation, if purchased online.
     
  14. Pete Whitstone

    Pete Whitstone True Classic

    Location:
    McKinney, TX
    Found one...

    And a big thanks to COOPERTL for sending it on out to me. Shipping was not as bad as I was anticipating, around $20 by USPS.

    Thanks again, Terry. Let me know if you need any X parts and I'll check my stash!

    Pete
     

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