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Elan +2 Starter Motor

PostPost by: BenMcCarthy » Wed Mar 10, 2004 4:57 pm

I've got an Elan +2S 130/4 1971.
I'm working on making a pre-engage starter motor for the vehicle rather than the old Lucas/ Delco Remy M35G

Does anybody know of a modern starter that is compatible in size with the Elan +2 and so can be adapted?
In the US I believe Nippondenso starters are used but I don't know which starters are available here in the UK
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PostPost by: Foxie » Wed Mar 10, 2004 6:25 pm

Burtons (Burtonpower.com)have a reduction gear pre-engaging starter for the TC. I have one in the +2.
A little bit more expensive, but worth every penny.

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PostPost by: Foxie » Wed Mar 10, 2004 6:29 pm

Forgot to mention it comes with 3 mounting lugs. You need to cut off the middle one.

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PostPost by: cliveyboy » Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:14 am

I am also thinking of fitting a new modern starter motor.
When I visited the Historic autosport show in February their were lots of companys selling modern starter motors for the twin cam of all different makes.
I think there are different versions depending on whether you fit it to the Ford Cortina/escort twincams or the Elan twin cam as the Ford has the wider sump pan.
Prices were ?150 upwards
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PostPost by: BenMcCarthy » Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:36 am

Thank you chaps

I hadn't looked at Burton Power before.
In the US they're on offer for US$175 + US$45 P&P Airmail so the price is about the same to import to the UK.
I just wondered what the basic starter they use is. Maybe I'll give Burton power a ring...
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PostPost by: JACKJABBA » Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:41 pm

Foxie, what difference has it made to starting, or is it more reliable?

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