In Reply to: 52 8N Starter posted by mthomas on December 27, 2022 at 14:54:37:
"Could they both be the same imported item?" Possible.
"I am considering a 12 volt conversion. I would rather not, but should I purchase the 12 starter and run it on 6V just in case I convert?"
Maybe you have that backwards?
6V starters work fine on 12V. Doubt 12V will work as well on 6V.
If your current starter is original it would be better to rebuild it. Same with the generator. Neither is hard to do. Last starter rebuilt at a local shop was for a Ford 860 and cost 107. Last starter I rebuilt was for a VH4D. Kit less than 20, and a couple of hours. Kit had crimp connectors for the brush wires, so no soldering.
On using a 6V starter with 12V battery.
You want to have the new style starter drive with the ratchet, not the old style with the big spring. Also if you use #4 AWG battery cables rather than whatever is on there now: #2, #0, #00, etc. that will help to lessen the "hit" when the starter is first engaged.