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Post by acvp1969 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:07 am

Hello all,

I'm new to the forum bur have had my 3L '67 coupe for over 30 years. Due to a variety of unfortunate circumstances it now laid up on stands in my garage rather than being in daily use. I want to rectify that and have recently been giving it some more time and attention. fortunatly the engine isn't seized and can be turned over fairly easily with a socket on the alternator belt pulley nut.
Unfortunately the same can't be said with the starter motor. We've checked the solenoid is OK, which it is, but the starter itself seems completey dead. Any advice on how to get it out for checking and replacement please? firstly the bolts are somewhat inaccessible but even if I did manage to undo them (what size are they btw does anyone know, I'd rather go under with the right tool in hand, not a selection to further get in the way) how is best way to actually get it out of the engine bay past the block, chasis and body?

thanks very much,
Adrian.



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Post by Coupe Racing » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:15 am

A lot depends on the type of starter and whether you have cast or tubular manifolds .
Disconnecting the left engine mount and lifting the engine can give more space , as can removing the oil filter.
Be careful not to break the oil pressure pipe .
Bolt size is 9/16

Use an extension that is longer then the starter and wear gloves to protect the back of your hands.
Don't forget to disconnect the battery too .

Have you checked the earth from bell housing to chassis .
Try a jump lead between battery negative and the engine .
From the solenoid are you seeing 12v at the starter


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Post by acvp1969 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:14 pm

thanks very much. I'm not sure what type of starter it is but to the best of my knowledge it hasn't been changed. I'll certainly further check the circuit continuity before going any further. The earth looked good when I was under there on Saturday. the manifolds are cast but the exhaust is a straight through stainless job.

cheers for your help,
Adrian.



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Post by David Tew » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:39 pm

Steve's spot on with his advice, as usual. :)
Cast manifolds will make the job a little easier. I made removable panels in the wheelarch to ease access to the side of the engine.


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Post by Rev Light » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:29 pm

I Just did mine with tubular manifolds on a 5a. I say 'I' but really ScimJim was underneath doing most of it and I was above, shining my torch in his eyes : ). Oil filter had to be removed and there was plenty of j - j - j - jiggling to pull it out from above, fwd of the manifold. Went back in a bit quicker. Definitely disconnect the battery.....All of above advice heeded.

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Post by roymck » Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:39 pm

The original style inertia starter is easier to remove , but your car may have been uprated to a pre engaged unit that is bulkier but it’s still not too bad to do .



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Post by peter freeman » Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:55 pm

To get at the fixing bolts that bit easier you need something like this to give you a long reach.
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Post by Coupe Racing » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:02 pm

Ones that wobble at the end help as does 3/8 drive equipment


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