I have a Irwin
37 that needs a lot of love. I have pulled the Perkins
and I am finishing up the rebuild
. The SN is 107U41762. The previous owner had "lost" the starter. I ended up purchasing
a rebuilt Lucas M45G 26163 4.77 starter. The problems are the length of the gear/bendix assembly and the bolt pattern. The 26163 has the gear
behind the flywheel and is pulled forward to engage the teeth. The second problem is the the starter has a bolt circle with two mounting holes. The engine
mounting plate has a three hole bolt circle with about a 5" diameter. The circles are at 12, 3 and 6 o'clock. I do have the 3/4" spacer that goes between the mounting plate and the starter. Does anyone have a lead or hint on the original make and model starter for the engine? Has anyone had any luck with an aftermarket starter that fits? Any help would be greatly appreciated.