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Re: Starter gear problem

To: "Pat Leask" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Starter gear problem
From: "Paul Hunt" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006 13:49:44 -0000
MGB starters do have pinions with different numbers of teeth, I know you 
have to watch out for this if fitting a modern geared starter, so maybe it 
is possible (I don't know whether it *is* physically possible) that yours 
was rebuilt with the wrong one.  The inertia starter (MGB to 67) uses 9 
teeth, the pre-engaged (after that) uses 10, so easy to check.  FWIW the MGC 
and factory V8 also use 9 teeth, the latter despite being pre-engaged.

To free it rock it back and fore in *4th* (no 1st) gear, or sometimes you 
can turn the square shaft on the back of the motor to free it.

Hunt's Eighth Law: "If you haven't found a use for something yet you haven't 
kept it long enough".


----- Original Message ----- 
> How do I determine if I have the correct gear on the starter? I got a new
> (used) starter for my  motor (1964 1800cc) and had it rebuilt and it could
> perhaps have the wrong gear. Were the gears specific to the MGB motor, or
> were all series "A" starter gears/rings the same? 

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