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cobralee1
Ron Lee

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Starter Question
Posted by: cobralee1
Date: March 28, 2017 07:11PM

I have a 215 Buick in my Sunbeam with a T5 transmission. I need to replace the starter...I've not yet pulled it out but wondered if anyone on the forum has the same combination engine/trans and can tell me what starter they are using or would fit.

Thanks,
Ron


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Starter Question
Posted by: Moderator
Date: March 29, 2017 06:56AM

Welcome to BritishV8, Lee!

I have a Buick 215, with a big old Buick (Delco-Remy) starter in my MGB. It's been trouble-free since 1963... I doubt any aftermarket starter would be more reliable. Just in case it ever fails, I picked up a spare (used/original) starter 20+ years ago. Lately though, I've been thinking more and more about swapping to an aftermarket "high torque" (gear reduction) mini starter to achieve a significant weight reduction. Here's a link to a previous thread where John Hershall described buying a Rover-spec mini starter at low cost from Rock Auto and modifying its slightly too large nose to fit his Buick 215. I intend to do exactly the same thing:

Starters for Buick 215: [forum.britishv8.org]

Your T5 manual transmission shouldn't effect starter fitment. The mini starter may however give you more clearance for headers (etc.)


cobralee1
Ron Lee

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Re: Starter Question
Posted by: cobralee1
Date: March 29, 2017 07:38PM

Thanks for the information. I ended up talking to D&D Fabrications and they're sending me one. It's a high torque mini starter so should work.

Ron


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Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
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1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

Re: Starter Question
Posted by: 88v8
Date: March 30, 2017 06:22AM

Make sure the spacing is correct so it fully engages with the flywheel. Don't just assume.

Ivor


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