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Gear reduction starter polarity

PostPost by: frearther » Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:47 pm

Does my new gear reduction starter care whether it's negative or
positive ground? I haven't converted to positive ground yet; OTOH, I
don't want to install the old Lucas starter just to have the car on
the road by next weekend.

Other than the tach, is there anything else to change (battery leads,
obviously) when changing polarity?

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PostPost by: TYPE45 at aol.com » Fri Jul 07, 2006 11:58 pm

In a message dated 7/7/06 03:47:59 PM, ***@***.***es:

<< I haven't converted to positive ground yet >>

Art,

There's really no point in converting to positive ground...ever.

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sat Jul 08, 2006 1:54 am

--- In ***@***.***, "Arther H. Frederick"
<[email protected]> wrote:
Does my new gear reduction starter care whether it's negative or
positive ground? I haven't converted to positive ground yet; OTOH, I
don't want to install the old Lucas starter just to have the car on
the road by next weekend.



I have been running a gear reduction starter with positive ground for
22 years now, no problems yet. ;)




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PostPost by: frearther » Sat Jul 08, 2006 2:47 am

Sorry, I meant NEGATIVE ground X;{

Art

At 07:52 PM 7/7/2006, you wrote:


In a message dated 7/7/06 03:47:59 PM,
<mailto:initialreaction%40taconic.net>***@***.***es:

<< I haven't converted to positive ground yet >>

Art,

There's really no point in converting to positive ground...ever.

Frank Howard
'71 S4 SE
Minnesota

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PostPost by: "Benjamin Levy" » Sat Jul 08, 2006 5:15 am

On 7/7/06, Arther H. Frederick <***@***.***> wrote:
Does my new gear reduction starter care whether it's negative or
positive ground? I haven't converted to [negative] ground yet; OTOH, I
don't want to install the old Lucas starter just to have the car on
the road by next weekend.

Other than the tach, is there anything else to change (battery leads,
obviously) when changing polarity?

Are you keeping the generator? If so, you'll need to repolarize it.
A quick search with Google turned up this page which describes how to
convert a Lotus Cortina to negative ground. Most of the advice
probably applies to an Elan.
http://www.lotus-cortina.com/electric/convert.htm

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PostPost by: stupidemail5 at lycos.com » Sat Jul 08, 2006 3:48 pm

: Fri, 07 Jul 2006 16:44:16 -0400


Does my new gear reduction starter care whether it's negative or
positive ground? I haven't converted to positive ground yet; OTOH, I
don't want to install the old Lucas starter just to have the car on
the road by next weekend.

It does not care. starter direction is determined by the way it is wound, not polarity

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PostPost by: frearther » Sat Jul 08, 2006 5:31 pm

Ben,
Great info. Thanks

Art


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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Jul 09, 2006 12:28 am

--- In ***@***.***, "Benjamin Levy" <[email protected]>
wrote:
> Are you keeping the generator? If so, you'll need to repolarize
it.



Ummm, I have positive ground, gear reduction starter and generator,
without issues.


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