Starter solenoid urgently wanted

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.
Geoff MacK
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like they were saying:

Paging Dave Plowman...

Not Sarf of the river, but http://hanwells.net/ pops up in google...

Would you really want it on the road at this time of year?
Can you not get a generic solenoid and fit it as a stop-gap? What do the E-type restorers use?
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Adrian wrote:

Or an inertia type starter motor with separate solenoid. (Apologies if that was dismissed last time round.)
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gurgled happily, sounding much

No, they couldn't help.

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 engine...again....
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.
Geoff
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like they were saying:

A quick google for "starter solenoid" finds http://www.autoelectricsupplies.co.uk/product_list/28
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Adrian wrote:

Wrong type, innit. Geoff's after one for a pre-engaged starter motor.
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much like they were saying:

Ah. Never seen those available separately from the starter.
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Adrian wrote:

http://landroverorphanage.com/shop/article_STC1518/STC1518-Solenoid-Diesel-Starter.html
I wouldn't be at all surprised if that's the same as the Jag one.
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gurgled happily, sounding

http://landroverorphanage.com/shop/article_STC1518/STC1518-Solenoid-Diesel-Starter.html
Similar, but not quite. Mountings are different. Thanks, though.
Geoff
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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.
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gurgled happily, sounding much

No - tried them quite early on, andd the one in their catalogue is completely different.
Geoff
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I've got a spare in the cellar.
I'll email you.
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says...

You keep your cars in some funny places, Dave.
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True. There's half a car down there. The rest of the spares are in the (small) conservatory. ;-) Until I sort things out it's the only place undercover for the new engine.
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It sounds like a fair swap.
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Photograph and details of what it will fit (strange mixture!) can be found at this site: http://stores.oksap.com/-strse-385/STARTER-SOLENOID-ROLLS-ROYCE/Detail.bok
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....
Geoff
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Have you tried www.terrysJag.com He is in Illinois but what the hell, he does stock Lucas parts.
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Geoff Mackenzie wrote:

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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Geoff Mackenzie wrote:

*Austin* Marina? I thought it was a Morris.
There should be some of those in a breakers somewhere.
Jim
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Badged in America as Austin. This is an American website.
Geoff
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