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    Posted: 18 Sep. 2018 at 9:04pm

I needed to replace my old MZ-4113 starter motor. So, I decided to order one of Pete DeBella's brand new 6 volt starters (new guts in original housings). In conjunction with the Optima 6 volt red top, this thing kicks the crap out of my old original MZ/Interstate 6 volt battery combo.

Anyway, I didn't want to regret not replacing the starter bushing. So, I purchased 2 from Jon at Border Parts and came up with a tool set up that made it pretty easy.

I removed the old bushing (the Welch Plug in back was already missing) using the 3/8" Craftsman 10mm step down socket. I was able to drive it thru the back with no problems.

I then put the two extensions together, the new bushing, and a small section of 1/2" copper pipe (as a soft drift) to tap the new bushing home. I coated the outside and inside with some Red n' Tacky grease and then made sure to flush out the face of the bushing and that was it.

FYI- I'm sure there are other methods out there, but I almost lost a bushing into the depths of the bellhousing when it nearly slipped from my greasy fingers (prompting the MacGuyverized tool). It worked for me and thought I would share in case someone had trepidations about replacing their bushing.

The new DeBella starter is a beast and looks completely original.
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There are tools out there that are supposed to work. The one I bought was near a total failure but I did not pay that much for it. You got it out so anyway you did well. I have no idea where it is now.
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Thanks.

I did an online search and couldn’t find the tool that made the most $$ sense. Anyway, I know it’s a easy operation on a bench, but I had to devise a quick and economical method with tools I had on a fully functioning unit. As you said, it’s out and the new one is in.

The “new” starter was worth every dollar I spent, there is no comparison in how quickly it turns the motor. Just awesome, but not in everyone’s budget.
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