I posted about this a few weeks ago.
I need a starter solenoid for a 1966 E-Type Jaguar. The Lucas part number
is 76476A. but it does not seem to be listed in any of the Lucas
catalogues. I've tried umpteen telephone calls; the nearest so far was
JagBreaker in Newcastle (they sell new parts as well) who recognised the
number and thought they could supply from stock. Turned out they couldn't,
so they ordered one from their supplier in Belgium. Part duly arrived,
correct number on the box, correct number stamped on the unit, BUT... it was
about half a cm too big in diameter so it wouldn't fit. Typical repro part.
Thought of attacking it with an angle grinder but not sure how thick the
casing is so decided against.
So it looks like a breakers job. Unlikely to be many E-Types in breakers
yards, but it's almost certain that the same unit would have been fitted to
the XJ6 Series 1, 2 and possibly 3. These seem to turn up in banger racing
quite often, so there must be some about.
Various people thought it might also be fitted to the Rover SD1, but Rimmers
could'nt find the part number - although as it isn't in any of the Lucas
catalogues this may not be relevant. Anyone near Dorking or Horsham got an
SD1 I could have a look at...?
One bloke who seemed to know what he was talking about reckoned the same
starter was used on all the early V8 Rollses, but I haven't been able to
confirm this. I seem to remember there's a major Rolls breaker in South
London, but haven't been able to track them down. Anybody know?
Any help gratefully received, as the car is off the road for want of this
one little part.
Yes! It's used all year round, apart from when there's salt on the road.
Didn't know there was such a thing as a generic - where would I look for
one? The restorers would normally replace the whole starter/solenoid while
the engine is out, but I'm really trying to avoid lifting the
Some further info since my first post - I've established that the starter
was only fitted to E-Types, 420 and very early XJ6. It's a Lucas M45G.
However, the solenoid may be the same as fitted to later cars with a
different starter - would have to look and compare.
The possibly good news is that Latchmere in Battersea have a whole load of
solenoids laying about, mainly from Rolls-Royces, so it looks as if that bit
of info was correct. I'll go up there this afternoon and have a look.
They were from Lucas. There was a company who took over from them for
spares etc, but a Google doesn't find it. It may have been a branch of
CAV. I remember looking through their cat. in a motor factors years ago.
As I said Rimmer list spare solenoids for SDIs - so I'm surprised similar
Jag specialists don't do the same.
*All generalizations are false.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
Photograph and details of what it will fit (strange mixture!) can be found
at this site:
SOME OF THE APPLICATIONS IT WILL FIT ARE:
1960-65 ROLLS ROYCE M45G
1965-68 JAGUAR 420, 420G, MK-X, 4.2L 6CYL.
1965-72 JAGUAR XK-E 4.2L, 4235CC
1982-87 JAGUAR VANDEN PLAS 4.2L, 4235CC
1973-87 JAGUAR XJ-6, 4.2L, 4235CC
1973-75 AUSTIN MARINA, 1.8L, 1798CC
IT WILL REPLACE THE FOLLOWING SOLENOID NUMBERS:
LUCAS 76706, 76845, 76859
IT WILL WORK ON THE FOLLOWING STARTER NUMBERS:
LUCAS 25684, 26180, 26272, 26327, 26252, & 26209
Surely someone must have one in their shed....
Try Flying Spares - good stock of s/h post-war Rolls-Royce stuff.
Sometimes rather erratic pricing. 01455 292949 (Market Bosworth)
or Introcar 020 8546 2027 (Kingston-upon Thames)
or Michael Jones (Alcester) 01789 400011
or Avenue Mail Order (High Wycombe) 01494 483906
You may be able to find some pictures in the Silver Cloud II manual or
parts book, downloadable from http://rrtechnical.info/sc/sc2.htm
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