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Mini Starters?

Discussion in 'Engine and Drivetrain/Mechanical' started by tarafied1, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    So I may have mentioned I put a mini starter on my 429 in the cam or head swap thread. It was a Summit 1.9 hp starter. Looked great, fit nice, easy to install. But not reliable. The starter quit working. I remembered reading in the paper work that they say if you over tighten the battery cable it could mess up the contacts. So I checked that. The battery cable side is making contact over most of the surface. The other side, not so much. I called Summit today and complained. It has a one year warranty so they said send it back, I said I want a refund.
    So what brand should I get to replace this? Powermaster, MSD, something else?
  2. msell66

    msell66 Burning Fossil Fuels Donator

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  3. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    ever use a late model 5.0 starter? reason I ask is I found out that mid 90's 460's had a starter like a mini starter. On the BBF forum I frequent many are suggesting that option.
  4. Horseplay

    Horseplay Well-Known Member

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  5. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

  6. Fst Blk

    Fst Blk Well-Known Member

    I've got 2 dbelectrical. They seem to be a nice piece and they are cheap.
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  7. 6t6red

    6t6red Well-Known Member

    I bought mine from advanced auto 8 years ago for my 5.0. It has been good to me with no issues.
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  8. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    I used my son's discount and ordered one from Advance Auto. It will be here today at 4pm. Limited lifetime warranty. It's a remanufactured factory part so I will guess it is reliable. Specs say it's around 2 hp and a gear reducttion and weighs 8 lbs.
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  9. MD69Boss

    MD69Boss Suspected Troll

    I've had a Napa mini-starter on the Boss for six problem free years. I can check the brand, if interested...
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  10. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    thanks, but I am just going to try this one and see how it works.
  11. GypsyR

    GypsyR just some guy

    That's a Nippondenso starter solenoid (or a clone). Google "Nippondenso starter solenoid contacts". I used to have a box of those contacts. Fine starter but terrible contacts for some strange reason. Buy some new contacts and be happy. Until you eventually need your spare set which you also want to go ahead and buy. :) OK, you'll probably not need a spare set. You might use them to be super handyman to someone with a Dodge Caravan, Toyota pickup, or any of the other 50 million things that used those starters (and have contact issues).
    I like Ford or reman Ford mini-starters. But I would throw new contacts in that ND starter and roll on.
  12. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    Wow, good info. I had never seen anything like it. I thought it looked pretty cheap or at least not well thought out. The surface area should be fine if they actually made contact. I did fiddle with the starter side contact and couldn't get it to align at all. After crawling in and out from under the car several times I became quite agitated and decided any new part I had to fix and/or redesign was not one I would want on my car. It's probably already back at Summit (in a Speedway box no less!). I didn't get a chance to work on the car today, my grand daughter came over so we had to play instead.
  13. Mach1 Driver

    Mach1 Driver Active Member

    that cutie will keep your priorities straight
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  14. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    yes indeed!
  15. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    the little one went to her other grand parents this morning so I got my starter on. Works great.
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