Beer. Now there's a temporary solution.While the engine's out it seemed like a good time to have a closer look at the starter motor. It has been rather erratic since we worked so hard for so long to get the engine running again. Since then the starter only seemed to "kick out" and engage properly about one in five attempts, producing a clank and a whine for the other four.
A strip down showed the damage, I have not done this before but I imagine that this is probably usual wear and tear for something of this age.
Luckily I managed to pick up replacement bendix assembly from my local Midas spares store, lovely helpful people and good service. The old one is on the left in the pic below, the new one on the right.
Reassembly and testing is planned for the upcoming weekend - onward ho.
Thanks for calling in