Bendix Bolt Removal
It is not uncommon for a starter Bendix drive bolt to break off or fall out of the Bendix shaft. The loose bolt is of concern as it may jam to cause damage.
To remove the bolt from the bottom of the flywheel housing, firstly remove the starter motor. If you do not have available a flexible pick-up with a magnet, try a large blob of sticky wheel bearing grease applied to the flywheel. Slowly turn the engine over with the crank handle so that the grease returns to the original position. If you are lucky the bolt will be stuck in the grease. Remove the bolt and clean off the grease.
John Moorehead, MARC WA Newsletter Aug/Sept 2014
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Bendix Drive Springs
When the Model A was introduced in 1928 it was equipped with the Abell starter drive. By mid 1928 production was switched to 100% Bendix drive. The Bendix drive was considered to provide a smoother, quieter operation and more reliable.
Many Bendix drives resembled the ones used by Ford, but other makes engaged the starter on the other side of the vehicle and the spring was wound opposite in direction to the Ford spring. If one of these alternative springs is used on the Ford starter motor then it will unwind. If the Model A Bendix spring is held vertically it is termed left hand with the end coil for the securing bolt coiled in a clockwise direction. The alternative design has the coil wound anti clockwise. If second hand springs are sought at swap meets and the like then this difference should be noted.
John Moorehead, MARC WA Newsletter May 2016
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