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Re: 6 volt starter

From: Hank Dozier
Date: February 22, 2002
Time: 07:18:56


He is technically correct! But you will not have any lifespan from the unit! Starters are series-wound, which means that they will wind up to the destruction point if not held back (engine flywheel and mass). A 6V starter on 12V is like the "double-battery" jump that you get from the wrecker at the airport when your battery is dead from lights left on. The issue is that the brush contacts to the commutator cannot take this overvoltage very many times, and it will arc and burn the commutator, leaving you with NO starter. Best course of action is to find out why the slow turnover. Check and clean ALL your grounds, and make sure the battery is good. If that doesn't do it, you might want to have a good electrical shop that specializes in alternators and starters rework your starter to improve it. I have heard of adaptation of Ford 460 Delco units (the power part) to Chrysler drive head ends to get the biggest starter available for high compression 392s, so maybe that is a possible route. Good Luck!


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