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GTE427 07-18-2017 01:26 PM

Starter Drive, lever type starter/153 tooth flywheel
Came across this article to use the newer style lever type starter with the original 153 tooth flywheel. John Vermeersch of Michigan Total Performance has a solution, a Bendix drive that allows the interface between the two.
This appears to be a game changer.


jopizz 07-18-2017 01:57 PM


Thanks for the article. That should help anyone who needs a new starter or bendix but either can't locate the older style or wants to save a little money. I'll see if Ray can add this to the TRL.


GTE427 07-18-2017 02:06 PM


Great. Do you know if the newer starters are compatible with the 430 engines?

jopizz 07-18-2017 02:16 PM

430's use the same starter as 352's so there's no reason why the newer starter shouldn't bolt up as well. I know Lincoln 430's use the later starter.


YellowRose 07-18-2017 03:03 PM

Starter Drive, lever type starter/153 tooth flywheel
Done! Added to TRL under Starters, and to the Advertisements Forum under Total Performance Parts Co.

Tbird1044 07-18-2017 04:08 PM

That's a great article and great find to what appears to be an easy upgrade. Thank you.

jopizz 07-18-2017 04:15 PM

Not only is it a cheaper alternative but the new style starters are much easier to install.


p38fighter 07-18-2017 05:25 PM

1959 convertible

So can we make it even easier by posting part numbers for the later starter? I love the fix!!!

jopizz 07-18-2017 05:47 PM

Unfortunately there are dozens of different part numbers as multiple companies manufacture or remanufacture that starter. It was used from the early 60's up to the late 70's in Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicles. The easiest thing to do is to look up a starter for a 1965 Thunderbird. That will give you the correct one.


del 07-19-2017 04:58 PM

Has anyone had any luck contacting this company about the recommended bendix part C5A-11350-TP? Thought this might be a good addition to my emergency kit, along with fan belts, brake light switch...

I tried but haven't had any success. Got on their voice mail this afternoon, no call back yet. Tried the Facebook link that Ray posted in the Advertisers forum but that wouldn't open for me. Tried their ebay page but the part isn't listed. Tried a general google search on the part# but only came up with orig HotRod article. Any other ideas appreciated.:confused:

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