I have refurbished two originals and they have worked perfectly since.
> [Original Message]
> From: Alan F Cross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Date: 8/2/05 8:37:06 PM
> Subject: Refurbish my BJ8 starter motor, or get a modern replacement?
> Can you guys help me make up my mind?
> I've got a BJ8 that is pretty original (still positive earth!), now with
> a dodgy starter motor. It was showing open circuit in the car, but on
> the bench (3 hours later!) it shows anything from 0.1 ohms to 1.5 ohms
> when I turn the shaft by hand. Brushes look OK, so I probably need a bit
> of cleaning up on the commutator. Also the retaining spring on the
> pinion is mangled, and possibly incomplete (so where is the rest of it,
> I ask myself). Could loss of the retaining spring suggest that there is
> more damage than I'm aware of (eg engaged while driving?)?
> My first impulse is to stay original and get the motor checked out and
> refurbished. But is this wasting money that would be more wisely spent
> on a new pre-engaged unit. Anyone refurbished and regretted it? Anyone
> put in a modern unit and regretted doing that for any reason?
> I like authentic, but also like to get from A to B. I have fitted an
> electronic fuel pump, but am happy because it looks just like the
> original. But these modern starters fool no one!
> I'm so on the fence on this, I need a push one way or the other! Help
> Alan F Cross (BJ8 "Ginny") AHC member TV1729J
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