Starter for 65 FLH available?

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Starter for 65 FLH available?

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Post by faustmill » Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:53 pm

Why do the catalogues (Custom Chrome and V-Twin catalogues are the two I checked) for vintage parts only list a Prestolite starter for 1966 to 1981 FLs? I am thinking of replacing the starter on my 65 FLH that is sounding like it is about to give up. Is there something different about the 65 starter from the 66 starter? This hard to believe. It seems like HD would have used the same starter in the 66 that they used in the 65. Can I use the starter that the catalogues list for 66 in my 65? Thanks.



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#2

Post by Faustmill » Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:04 am

Maybe I answered my own question. The Clymer Panhead manual says the 65 FLH had a Delco-Remy starter motor. HD only used the Delco Remy that year. Then in 1966 HD switched to the Prestolite starter. It still seems to me I could use the Prestolite starter that is listed for 66-81 in my 65. Has anybody replaced their 65 FL starter? What motor did you use? Thanks.

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#3

Post by Cotten » Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:00 pm

I believe some early 66's were produced with Delcos.

Because of engineering errors in the starter housing, such as a lack of a condensate drain, and then a lack of an o-ring in the deflector, many red-label Delcos have been lost, and now quite dear.

I ran a Prestolite on one of my 65's for many years. You may need a different end support bracket, and it is best to add a relay if you haven't already.

....Cotten

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Post by Faustmill » Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:14 pm

Cotton, Thanks for the info. I knew I could count on you.

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#5

Post by Lstpan65 » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:38 am

I thought the Delco-remy was replaced in late 65 by the Prestrolite?

Well cotton is right about the delco having problems, I was going to replace it with the prestrolite but decided to hold off and rebuild it for a winter project. The problem is spare parts for the delco's. I'll have to look but somewhere I have a # for a guy out in California who rebuilds them. Also this might help, the Delco-remy starter was also used by the out board motor companies ( Johnson, Evenrude ect..) for the 1965 models. I had actually found a local boat guy who had just thrown out all of his old stuff before I talked to him. Good luck, if I find parts I'll post them in here. If you decide change it out for the prestrolite and want to sell the Delco housing PM me.

Mark

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#6

Post by Cotten » Fri Oct 13, 2006 12:43 pm

Many folks have snatched up the much cheaper '64-'65 Servicar Delcos for replacement parts. They had black label tags (and may have been reverse-rotation?)

...Cotten

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Post by Lstpan65 » Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:25 pm

I went back and found the #. the place is San Jose. Panzer4 got it for me its Electric battery and carb #408-292-8464. I was going to wait till winter before I took it apart.. Let me know how ya make out. Mark

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#8

Post by Faustmill » Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:16 pm

After getting myself a little more up to speed on the Prestolite vs Delco starter situation, I found that the old starter that is in the bike (65 FLH) that needs replacement is a Prestolite. I think I will take the easy way out on this one and just replace it with a new Prestolite from the catalogues. Thanks for the info.

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