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Starter Motor for 1979 Cavalier Sports Hatch


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Hi guys,

My Cavalier’s starter motor has packed in. As per usual, Manta parts seem to be a lot easier to find and most the time the two are exactly the same. I can’t find an exact match for my starter motor however. I’m considering a high torque upgrade but don’t want to spend too much money if it’s not going to fit. The current part is a Delco 152-5 28-9 (see picture) and the replacement I’m looking at is this
 

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Any help and knowledge is greatly appreciated. Thanks I’m advance!

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Got a new starter motor somewhere l think (moving house since July 19 so everything in a box somewhere) 

Will not fit a 1985 2.0 GTE .

Will try to find it and check 

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yes any cam in head starter will fit physically.  all the smaller engined ones were the same ( 1.6,1.9,2.0) but you got a stronger one on a 2.2 then 2.4 and more so on the 6 cylinder versions. ive got a 6cyl one on my 2.2 and it  spins it a treat. 

one of the differences to note is if you still have points ignition you will need a 1.6,1.9 or 2 litre pre 1982.  these have the extra spade terminal on the solenoid for the coil bypass. thats not to say you couldnt fit a suitable solenoid or add a relay if required.

to be honest i cant see any benefit in a high torque unit as thr standard starter is perfectly up to the job and the one in your link doesnt look to have the extra terminal anyway so you would need to mod the wiring with a relay anyway. 

plenty of original starters about both new and used.

the one mr bandit has should be suitable if he finds it !

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17 hours ago, 1200bandit said:

Got a new starter motor somewhere l think (moving house since July 19 so everything in a box somewhere) 

Will not fit a 1985 2.0 GTE .

Will try to find it and check 

Sounds great. If you find it I’m happy to discuss pricing!

15 hours ago, cam.in.head said:

yes any cam in head starter will fit physically.  all the smaller engined ones were the same ( 1.6,1.9,2.0) but you got a stronger one on a 2.2 then 2.4 and more so on the 6 cylinder versions. ive got a 6cyl one on my 2.2 and it  spins it a treat. 

one of the differences to note is if you still have points ignition you will need a 1.6,1.9 or 2 litre pre 1982.  these have the extra spade terminal on the solenoid for the coil bypass. thats not to say you couldnt fit a suitable solenoid or add a relay if required.

to be honest i cant see any benefit in a high torque unit as thr standard starter is perfectly up to the job and the one in your link doesnt look to have the extra terminal anyway so you would need to mod the wiring with a relay anyway. 

plenty of original starters about both new and used.

the one mr bandit has should be suitable if he finds it !

This is a lot if useful info. I actually know what to look for now. Thanks for the help!

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Had a look for the starter motor, can’t find it as l pack up all the garage bits in September last year 

The is about 20 box’s all stored in the shad ,can’t remember which box , or may be already gone as l give some manta parts a way 

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23 minutes ago, 1200bandit said:

Had a look for the starter motor, can’t find it as l pack up all the garage bits in September last year 

The is about 20 box’s all stored in the shad ,can’t remember which box , or may be already gone as l give some manta parts a way 

No problem. Thanks for looking!

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someone will have one on here if you want a good used one.

or il go and look on ebay for a new one for you .il let you know .

if you have points ignition make sure you find one with the 2 small solenoid terminals as i mentioned. 

BUT 

whats wrong with yours ? what symptoms . they are usually reliable ?

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