Well I'm finally digging into the 150 roundtail spider I bought about 2 years ago, and I have some questions about the starter. I took the starter out of the car because it wouldn't stop cranking when I released the key (or even if I removed the key and took it on a walk around the block). RoadTrip suggested feedback through the SPICA CSS, and I have revised the low current lead for the CSS so that I can hook it onto the solenoid to stop the feedback.
But I still have more questions. It looks like someone substituted a starter from a later car. The first picture below is a picture of the starter from the car, which has a solenoid with three screws (on the right) and a considerably more rusty one I have from a parts car that has a two bolt setup for the solenoid (which matches the solenoid I got for the car some time ago).
I also have another starter, which looks more Alfa like, in that it has an aluminum casting rather than the cast iron front of the other two. I bought this for my 79 spider, but when I put it in, it failed to engage the ring gear on the flywheel when energized. Here is a picture of this starter:
I'm not sure which of these starters to use. I would obviously prefer the alloy one, but it didn't work in the 79 so probably won't work in the 69 either. The proper starter for the car is probably a core at best. It just too ugly to put on any car. I don't think I hurt the starter that was on the car (I pulled the battery lead to stop the car in less than a minute).
So I am inclined to go with the one that was on the car and hope that RoadTrip was right. If it still spins on when the key is released, I will need another solution. Now the questions:
Any recommendations on where to send the core of what I think is the "correct" starter with 2 bolt solenoid to be rebuilt?
Does anyone know whether the starter with the aluminum front should work or why it wouldn't work?
Rex in Albany (no, really, I am in Albany)