Jonathan Miller

1918 Bearcat Starter Motor

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The starter motor on our Bearcat has decided to eat itself in fine style. Can anyone help by pointing me in the direction of someone who may have spares or even a replacement unit?

 

Thanks in advance...

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Sorry about late reply; don't usually follow individual ,makes...

If still looking for starter you may be asking too limited a question...

Electricals almost always acquired from vendors; your starter may've been used on other makes---try posting m'f'r of starter and starter model # from tag on starter...

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These starters were probably the same through all the 16 valve 4 cylinder cars.   The diecast end piece which mounted the brush holders and the outer bearing would eventually dis-integrate because of lead and or cadmium impurities in the zinc casting.   The one on Bill Greer's car was a mess.  As you remember, Bill was instrumental in starting the Stutz Club, and did the newsletter for years.  I fabricated a small batch and machined them out of steel, for my engine, for John Ryder, Fred Edwards, and one for Bill,  which I sent him by FEDEX.   I am not sure if In have any extra, but I possibly have basic drawings.   There is a lot of "knife and fork" work to make one of these.     They used the same rubbish alloy to make the cam follower bodies;  and when those lock up you cannot turn the engine over.

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Stutz starters

1914-16  Remy 5A

1917-20 Remy 189-A

1921 Remy 741-A

1922-23 Remy 741-B

Remy catalog does not list a 1924 4 cylinder Stutz but I believe the 4 cylinder was still available and would have continued the 741-B

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I did find that I made an extra one of those starter motor brush holder sections that carry the outer end of the armature shaft in a decent bearing race.  You will have to post definitive photos, and dimensions to confirm the fit.   I have those same model numbers from one of my trade source books.  The important bit is that there is very little change in the crankcase between the first 4 valve per cylinder T-head of 1918, and the last engines with the detacheable cylinder head.   One of my engines is a " K",  which, contradictory to what is in the Club's big book has a detacheable head instead of a fixed head engine.   The difference in that crankcase relates to a different generator,  which is still on the left side of the engine.   I do not have photos of the very late detacheable head engine of the Bearcat which Bill Greer used to own;  which, if I recall correctly, Bill said was built with left hand driving position.   (They must have designed a very different arrangement to have the change lever and handbrake in the middle).  That may have been considered a 1924 car......

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