there the same really but yeah the manual one has the extra spacer built into its body, they are good units,extractor clearances are better especially with the pacemakers also good if you have a high compression engine or an lpg engine with big cam and bad vacuum. You can get them from most speed shops but becareful retail price is prollie going to b really bad.
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Yes, they are good. I got mine from Castle Auto Electrics
Auto and manual are different. Get an auto one with a manual spacer so that it is interchangeable should the neeed arise.
I bought one last month but broke a big chunk out of the mounting face when I bolted it up. Got my money back and went back to the old iron Ford clunker which is barely adequate. It was a "made in China" item I got from the Speedshop here, but they reckon everyone swears by them. Just made me swear at them!
Not sure if I had a lemon ie with a bad casting, or if the tin spacer between box and block might have been a bit tight/bent and this caused the breakage.
Paid $300 for it, and it seems the only alternative I've so far come across is an Accel gear reduction starter that is nearly $1000. Ouch
So can you remember the brand name of yours and also remember if the mounting face was as thick as the Ford original?
I brought a mini bosch high toque starter motor for $325 from GT Ford Performance. The old spacer needed a little filing out to fit. They also sell new spacers for $39. I run high compression and my motor and it would not start with the old reco factory starter, especially when hot. This new unit is unbelivable. Heaps more clearance around extractors. The best bit of money I ever spent on my fully rebuilt XC. I can also run more timing adv as It will now crank over and fire instantly.
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