Trundled the mocked-up front end off to a friendly machinist to get the right bits shaved, sleeved, spaced and shimmed. Oooh-er.
Came away with ideas about double plugs and stopped off for something French and oily on the way home.
Pulling a starter motor out of a '90s French car reminded me very quickly of how much I dislike working on them. Merdé, merdé, merdé! Got there in the end, but man, it was a struggle.
The raison d’être is that the smoke escaped from my “Valeo copy”. I think I’m just inside the warranty, but I’m not gonna trust another one of these I’m afraid. A dead one’s worth more to me for the following experiment. Valeo D6RA - found in Peugeot 306, 405, and several other PSA group cars...
French Valeo, left. Chinese “Valeo”, right.
No comment on the branding.
Guillotine! Three allen bolts, a torx screw, and a couple of soft rivets to drill out.
Face, off! And on again.
Since the car starter has the same number of teeth as the ‘Panda, I’m gonna see if it works as is. I’ll find out in the morning!
And as an epilogue to todays French sojourn: ironically, or perhaps fittingly, the Peugeot 306 seems to have FUBAR’d its clutch release bearing. Sweet bliss. Maybe I’ll junk it and steal the starter motor...