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MG TD TF 1500 - Bushing for Starter

The more I do, the more I need to learn. I tried to replace the bushing in the comutator end of the Lucas starter for my TD. The bushing that I purchased from Moss and installed seems to have been too long (past tense because it has since been removed). After being inserted, it stuck out about 1/4 of an inch on the inside. That is when I learned that the starter for my 52 TD was built in July of 1961. I'm guessing that between '52 and '61 the starter design changed ever so slightly. Does anyone out there know what bushing I should order to get one that fits or should I cut one down to size.

Below is a picture of the starter numbers if that helps.

As always, thank you in advance for the help.

Patrick Earles

This additional picture may help. On Dave Braun's web site his brushes were connected to the coils in the same place. Mine are separated - see picture. (sorry about the poor quality of the photograph.)


Patrick Earles

Patric - See if Moss sells a busing for the early midget starters. That may be what you have. If that fails, take the bushing you have to a machinist and have him shorten it for you (or you could drive the bushing flush with the inside of the end plate and cut off the bit that sticks out the end). Cheers - Dave
David DuBois

Patrick, I don't know about the coils, but that is the correct original starter part #, always possible the design did change inbetween dates? Besides David's good suggestions, you could install the bushing and cut it off with a Dremel tool or something. George
George Butz

Thank you gentlemen, I think I will call Moss and hear what they have to say about the Midget bushing and is it any different. If not, I will get one and cut it to size.

Great advise as usual.

Patrick Earles

This thread was discussed on 25/02/2010

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