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1953 Pontiac flathead six - starter solenoid search


A friend has an old Pontiac (1953) with a flathead six and 3 on the tree.  The starter solenoid is toast.

Any idea where we could source a new/remanufactured one?

The starter bolts in from the front on the driver's side.  The solenoid has two large copper terminals and one small post.  The solenoid activates a bullet shaped plug that is connected to the bendix.  Starter & bendix seem to be OK, but the solenoid is not.

 

Thanks in advance..

Wes



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RE: 1953 Pontiac flathead six


Still 6 volt ?  Maybe go with a rebuild kit?

 

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/detail/10045/Chevrolet_Starter_Solenoid_Repair_Kit.html

 

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1953 Pontiac flathead six - starter solenoid search


Yup - still 6 volt. That rebuild kit might work...

I talked to the tech folks at Delco Remy. The solenoid is part number 1114312, but they haven't made it since 1982... He recommended I try J & N Electric out of Cincinnati but I'm hoping there's a Canadian supplier out there.

I will follow up with the rebuild kit. You can't see the coil, but there's no indication it is bad (paint is clean inside & out, no signs of leakage etc). The terminals were rotten & broke off when we tried to get the cables off. Inside, the washers on the plunger were cracked & broken. The back of one terminal was scorched where it had been shorting out (the terminal must have been loose).

Neat old car. It's a 4 door. The story is that the original engine was seized after someone forgot to tighten the oil drain plug after an oil change. It was replaced by a crate engine - ordered from Simpson Sears... The original owner is still alive (he's 102).

Thanks for the lead. I saw some on eBay, but don't know if they'd fit. Likely they are a one size fits 90% of the starters from teh era, but who knows.

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Most delco 6 volts solenoid are identical from that era.

 

Fitz.

 

PS: I think I got one, have to look though...



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