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I have a starter motor which was given to me in a box of mostly Triumph bits. It is a Lucas M35J pre-engaged type which I suspect may have come from a Dolomite, or have come from some other Triumph engine that may have had a Dolomite flywheel fitted - to suit the starter motor. Does anyone know how I can confirm my theory? I could attach some photos, but all you'd see is a pre-engaged M35J starter motor. The starter pinion alloy housing bears a casting number that looks like '54247454ABDE', with what looks like an 'F' below the final letter 'E'. The unit looks like it has been professionally refurbished, since it bears a professional-looking orange 'Tested' sticker. It has been used, the pinion shows some signs of wear. I can't use it on my Spitfire, but I suspect it could be of value to someone else and plan to sell. The distance between the mounting bolts is the same as that on my Spitfire starter motor, and the (unidentified) starter motor appears to have the same distance piece/spacer (131570) as my Spitfire. Any help in identifying it would be useful and may ultimately help someone trying to get their car back on the road. Thanks, Graham
Hello, Purchased a PowerLite Hi Torque Starter Motor from Rimmers. They shipped the RAC401, PowerLite list the RAC414 for the Spitfire. eBay sellers also list the RAC414. Our Club Shop lists the RAC401. Rimmers inform me they've been shipping the RAC401 for Spitfires since 2010 with no problems. Stating that the RAC414 is for the Dolomite/TR7. Asked if I should retain the spacer between the motor and the engine, Rimmers thought not. The Moss parts book also advises removing the spacer. Just tried it and the starter doesn't disengage when the motor starts My obvious next step is to fit the new starter with the spacer, but first wanted to check if anyone else had a similar experience and can confirm the RAC401 is the right motor and I do need the spacer? Thanks, Mike.