Fordson power major starter.

Discussion in 'Classic Machinery' started by Clodhopper, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Clodhopper

    Clodhopper New Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    Hello, my 58 power major is in need of a new starter.
    Although I like to try to keep it original I’m thinking about converting it to a key starter instead of the lever operated starter. Is it a big job? Not sure what starter I’d need. I can manage the wiring, just looking for any advice.
     
  2. timff

    timff Member

    No please don't do it! A Major's not right without the lever!
     
  3. Erm... why though?!
     
  4. Y Fan Wen

    Y Fan Wen Member

    Location:
    N W Snowdonia
    Why does it need a new starter?
     
  5. Lincsman

    Lincsman Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    All your doing is adding a solenoid to go wrong.
     
  6. essexpete

    essexpete Member

    Location:
    Essex
  7. Clodhopper

    Clodhopper New Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    The starter is slow to turn over, sometimes reluctant to turn at all and takes 3 or 4 presses of the lever to kick it into life. Just a thought that if I’ve got to buy a new starter it may be a useful upgrade to convert it to key start.
     
  8. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Location:
    Welshpool Powys
    Get your old one repaired.
    Very easy to do brushes armature and starter switch button all available
     
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  9. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Location:
    Welshpool Powys
    Check your solenoid if the starter is misbehaving
     
  10. Ley253

    Ley253 Member

    Location:
    Bath
    Starters are much the same power,key switch just replaces the lever operated switch, and solenoid does the pre engagement of the pinion.Would be a good idea to have the old unit overhauled, much better quality than the repro stuff.
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019
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  11. Ley253

    Ley253 Member

    Location:
    Bath
    Not really, there is one there already, lives under the battery tray, if memory is correct.
     
  12. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Location:
    Welshpool Powys
    Bolted on battery tray next to air cleaner
     
  13. Ley253

    Ley253 Member

    Location:
    Bath
    Nearly right then! Only ever played with one, and that was years ago.
     
  14. Y Fan Wen

    Y Fan Wen Member

    Location:
    N W Snowdonia
    The reason I asked is that I had the same fault in 2 different machines of the same age. These starters are series/ parallel so have 4 brushes. In both cases, the spring for the bottom brush had corroded cos of being in the damp so the starter turned over slowly on one half of the circuit. In both cases a new spring cured it all.
     
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  15. Clodhopper

    Clodhopper New Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    I don’t think I’ve got anything to lose by opening up my starter and having a look. Is a rebuild relatively simple to do? I’m not a novice nor am I an expert but I’m willing to have a go.
     
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  16. Mursal

    Mursal Member

    Yes relatively easy, hopefully it just needs brushes.
    Carefully take the back off, to reveal the 4 brushes and springs holding them tight to the armature.
    Work form there ............
     
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