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Author Topic:   Ministarter rebuild
posted May 07, 2001 03:47 PM
Anyone ever rebuild any of these? I have one that is from Tommy Johnson, and it wont turn over the 4 cylinder in my old nissan. Anyone ever messed with them? I havent taken a look at the brushes yet, but I dont even know what kind of brushes will fit. Anyone know?


posted May 14, 2001 11:57 AM           

Hey the good old TommyJohnson cheapie, yea I bought one of those too, it took 8 hours to get it to mount up and shimmed correctly and it lasted one night, we got ready for the heat and nothing, starter went completely dead. Well not feeling up to pushing the car back to our stall, we left it and went to watch our heat race. When the race was over, I tried it out anyway, Wow, it worked it actually jumped right in there and started the car then it.... hung up on the flywheel and got fried. My rebuilder said to throw it away.

Too Many Black Flags not enough Checkers!

posted May 15, 2001 08:14 AM
I will be firing up the mod for the first time in a few weeks, 358, 12.5:1. Besides TommyJohnson ministarters some of these other places like Speedway and Midwest offer a low dollar ($115 - $129), high torque starter. Does anyone have any experience with them and are they worth the money? Is there a good quality starter for a good price that anyone could recommend or should a person just spend the extra money for one that is "bulletproof"?

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posted May 15, 2001 11:41 PM
We have 2 of the tommy starters and have used em for about 3 and 1/2 years from stock cars on gas to mods on allky with 11.5 to 13.0 to 1 with no problem,mayby there was a good batch and yes they were cheap like $119.just my 2 cents

posted May 16, 2001 12:22 PM
Jammin, it should be a nissan based starter with a chevy adapter on the front. I work in a parts store and was able to cross over the nissan number on my starter to get the parts I needed. If yours has not been bead blasted to much there should be a number on it, if so e-mail me with the number and I can give you the part numbers for the brushes & solenoid. The bearings I would need the numbers off of them. There is a small bearing on the armature that I could only find at a local starter rebuilder here in St.Louis, but it very seldom goes bad.The starter drive should be available thru any alternater/starter rebuilder.

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