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Old 06-02-2012, 08:30 PM   #21
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I had the same thing happen on my 28. I used a magnetic pick-up tool which had a felxible shaft. I slid it down next to the flywheel through the starter hole and was able to fish the parts out. Do you have 1/2 inch starter shaft or 5/8 inch shaft? The bolts are different.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:23 AM   #22
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I use the modern starter drive in both my A,s & have had no problems.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:17 AM   #23
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I recently found my Bendix set-up broke as well. I called two parts stores and neither had the original parts I needed in stock, so I went with the new style drive. I'm rebuilding my carb now, so no lengthy tests on the new Bendix drive.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:30 AM   #24
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Do you have 1/2 inch starter shaft or 5/8 inch shaft? The bolts are different.
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I have the 5/8 " shaft. I took a bolt and washer off a spare starter that I had and was ready to put all back together in just a little while. With the old bolt head and washer out of the housing, life is good!
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #25
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That's great news. Life is good sometimes. I was fortunate enough to find a NOS "Special Drive" for my 28 (which has a 1/2 shaft starter) and got the car back on the road.
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:13 PM   #26
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The magnet works awesome!!! Just did it yesterday day. happier then pig in crap.
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:20 PM   #27
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I use two neodymium magnets work awesome,on the back side of flywheel,only problem getting magnet off. works great,thought had to take whole car apart.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:08 PM   #28
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I just went thru a fallen bolt. The replacement lock washer was hard to bend as it was quite thick. I beat it into position. I'm hoping the old bolt will stay at the bottom.
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Old 02-19-2017, 08:09 PM   #29
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My 29 Bendix Screw broke off and I just recently find out, where can I buy the bolts and washers locally in Orange County? Do I have to change the bendix spring as well? Thanks!

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Old 02-19-2017, 08:20 PM   #30
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My 29 Bendix Screw broke off and I just recently find out, where can I buy the bolts and washers locally in Orange County? Do I have to change the bendix spring as well? Thanks!
Only if the spring is deformed, which can happen when the spark isn't fully retarded for starting.

BTW, in this age of B.S. political correctness, can we still call the spark RETARDED?
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:46 PM   #32
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You might also consider replacing the bendix drive with one of the new "modern bendix drive" units. Bratton's has one on p.75 ($35.25) of their 2016 catalogue. This type of drive unit does away with future prospects of dropping starter bolts down inside the flywheel housing. Good luck regardless.
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where can I buy the bolts and washers locally in Orange County? Do I have to change the bendix spring as well? Thanks!
You have C.W. Moss in the City of Orange and Early Ford Store in San Dimas. They both have on-line catalogues.

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Old 02-22-2017, 07:12 PM   #34
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I've read posts here suggesting that the modern Bendix drive is not without its problems.
I have a modern drive and 12 volt stater. Never had a problem. I know several people that use them also. I can't recall anyone ever mentioning they had a problem with one.

More modern cars don't seem to have a problem with them...
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Old 02-23-2017, 04:47 AM   #35
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I have a modern drive and 12 volt stater. Never had a problem. I know several people that use them also. I can't recall anyone ever mentioning they had a problem with one.

More modern cars don't seem to have a problem with them...
This question came up before. See https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showth...78#post1087678.
Since personally breaking 2 made in India barrel drives and seeing two others smashed, I have had no trouble with the Weldon brand drives made in USA, fitted in both my 6 volt cars, one of which puts a lot of strain on the starter, being 100 psi cranking pressure
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:22 AM   #36
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I use the modern starter drive in both my A,s & have had no problems.
. Maybe you are just lucky. Here's one I did earlier...https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/hamb/editor/attach.gif
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Old 02-23-2017, 03:13 PM   #37
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This question came up before. See https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showth...78#post1087678.
Since personally breaking 2 made in India barrel drives and seeing two others smashed, I have had no trouble with the Weldon brand drives made in USA, fitted in both my 6 volt cars, one of which puts a lot of strain on the starter, being 100 psi cranking pressure
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That may be the problem. Bratton's is the only vendor that sells a USA made "modern drive. Bert's, Snyder's, MAC,s all are made off shore.
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Old 02-23-2017, 04:52 PM   #38
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Default Re: Missing Bendix Bolt in Flywheel Housing

I had one for about 8 or 10 thousand miles, and I discovered the bolt was loose, but not broken. Due to fordbarn input that the gear isn't always a full engagement of the ring gear, I went back to the original. My assessment, for what's it's worth, is the starter needs to be pulled every ? Several thousand miles and inspected/ repaired. I'm getting " spring ready now, and that's on my list.
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My modern starter drives are American Made!

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That may be the problem. Bratton's is the only vendor that sells a USA made "modern drive. Bert's, Snyder's, MAC,s all are made off shore.
I think Snyders was the first to have Weldon USA modern drives. Also if you want a Weldon original style Bendix Mac Vanpelt sells them. V8 is same as A.

http://www.vanpeltsales.com/FH_web/i...prices-pg3.htm

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