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Old 01-06-2020, 01:21 PM   #1
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Getting ready to install a new original style Bendix.
Should there be a light coating of oil (3 in 1) on the spiral part of the Bendix??


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Old 01-06-2020, 01:27 PM   #2
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you don’t say what you’re installing it on its not going to do any harm but probably will collect some material from the clutch disc over time
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Old 01-06-2020, 01:39 PM   #3
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They do not recommend any lubrication on that part. It is more likely go gum up the works than help operation.

Warning! The new replacements of original style Bendix can be of questionable quality. I had one of those replacements break the spring in less than one years of very sporadic use. I replaced that with one of the more modern style; - the mushroom shaped thing. That has served well for five years. It is a little harder to install, but it can be done.
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Old 01-06-2020, 01:41 PM   #4
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Mr. flamingo; Chances are that your Bendix spring is broken and the gear is fine. Just buy a new spring and you are good to go. Easy to install. No oil needed.
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Old 01-06-2020, 01:52 PM   #5
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Having had an A for 9+ years I'm well aware of the broken spring saga. The Bendix in there now has a bind on the spiral so going with new , coming from C&G. OK , will install dry.
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Old 01-06-2020, 05:55 PM   #6
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Great! Let us know how it works out.
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Old 01-06-2020, 09:26 PM   #7
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You could do either. I replaced my old owned A bend-ex with a factory type. Interested also on the newer design. My guess it'll be at least 5 yrs before feedback... or never. Not sure why a new version was needed, but whatever.


I wouldn't grease it. It's a momentary used system. Grease will just collect dirt and might transfer it to the flywheel. Just my thinking.



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Old 01-07-2020, 12:30 AM   #8
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On some applications the new style Bendix is a real PITA to install. Sometimes it takes a bit of grinding. I installed one on an 8ba I had in a '40 big truck without grinding but it took a lot of wiggling and four letter words to get it installed. Van Pelts sells the original style ones.
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Old 01-07-2020, 01:04 AM   #9
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I give clean bare metal a light spray of WD-40 to inhibit rusting. It won't hurt the bendix.
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Old 01-07-2020, 10:01 PM   #10
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It will get lubricated from the oil that leaks from the rear main bearing and seal. They all leak, that is why the cotter pin is in the bottom of the pan. This oil gets on the fly wheel and is slung on to the bendix. G.M.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:25 AM   #11
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I got one from Mac Van Pelt (not to be confused with Macs). US made I think and good quality.

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Old 01-08-2020, 05:55 AM   #12
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Yep.....the ones we sell (bendix style) are made in the USA. I never liked the modern barrel type ......difficult to install on a 49-53 flathead and no service parts available.
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