Nov 10, 2014 update to the Tornado Typhoon project car

Rebuilding the Ancillaries

A broken armature is not going to work. Fortunately, Lucas generators were common to many British cars, so we used TR3 parts to reassemble ours.
Back in business. These generators are pretty simple and can be fixed at home if you know what you are doing.

With the engine of our Tornado Typhoon back together it was time to look over the ancillaries like the water pump, starter and generator.

Our water pump felt a bit marginal, and did not turn smoothly. We decided to send it to Kip Motor Company, as they specialize in English Fords and rebuild these water pumps on a regular basis.

Our generator was internally identical to a Triumph TR3 unit, so we rebuilt the bushings and windings with 12-volt TR3 parts.

Our starter was in good condition and just needed to be cleaned and reassembled. A six-volt starter will last indefinitely on a 12-volt car, as you are not running it very long, assuming the engine is well tuned. A bonus here is that the starter turns much faster when you double the amount of voltage it was designed for.

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