Modern Starting Power for Classic Cars
When a vehicles starter motor begins to fail, it puts huge strain on the battery and other components in the starting circuit. Replacing your starter motor at the first signs of failure can save hundreds in repair bills. Upgrading to a WOSP unit, however, makes sense even if your starter motor is OK at the moment.
We love WOSP Starter Motors and every classic car owner can benefit from installing one. To see why we need to understand the differences between their units and traditional starter motors.
What Is the Difference?
Every car registered before 1980 will have a direct drive starter motor. The motor armature and the Bendix drive, which engages the flywheel’s ring gear, are directly connected and are in-line with one another. As you twist the key, the bendix shoots out, engages with the flywheel and turns your engine over at the speed of the electric motor.
Direct drive starter motors are big, heavy and very power hungry. If your battery is in marginal condition, the likely hood is that your car won’t start.
Gear reduction starters use gears to reduce the speed of a smaller, more efficient, high-speed electric motor in order to provide more torque at the flywheel. Typically they use 50% less power, giving you twice the opportunity to start your car.