Starter Solenoid replacement-how difficult? Where to buy?

Hello All.

I believe the starter solenoid has gone bad in my 64 DeVille. When I turn the key, often all I get is a click, then if I try a few times again the starter turns perfectly. All battery cables are on tight and the battery is good. So, I believe this problem is the solenoid. Where do I buy the right solenoid and is it necessary to remove the starter in order to swap it out? 

Also, in the event I am wrong and I need a starter-or it just makes more sense to replace the whole thing once it is out-what's the best place to buy one (remanufactured?)

I see them from Rock Auto for $50 plus shipping. Anybody have good luck with NAPA or O'Reilly or Auto Zone?

Thanks

Norm

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Comment by Norman Silverman on August 21, 2019 at 5:59pm

Hi Tony. Doing great, thanks. My Studnick days are long past. 

Best

Norm

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on August 21, 2019 at 3:15pm

Hey Norm 

how’s  my friend that knew what—- Studnicks Auto Parts  —in northern Valley Steam LINY  that was from our once old neighborhood 

Now that was a full service auto store with a machine shop that could take care of any auto issues you may be having —at any time back in the day 

wish we had more auto store like that these days 

lived about 3/4 of a mile from the place in my 1/8 track  Drag Racing days which came in very handy 

one stop  auto parts shopping at its best 

enjoy 

Comment by Jason Edge on August 21, 2019 at 1:42am

I have been running the AutoZone sourced Duralast for 22 years on my 1964 Coupe de Ville with Zero issues. I replaced it once, just because.. when I rebuilt my engine in 2012. I stock their solenoid switches as a convenience to my customers and sell them for $25 (or $22.50 to Chapter Members).  I can ship 2 to 3 day Priority for $8.  If that would be more convenient for you are anyone, shoot me an email to jasonedge@nc.rr.com. Looks like I have 4 on the shelf ready to ship right now.

Comment by Norman Silverman on August 20, 2019 at 9:16pm

Thanks, Tony (and Ginny)

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on August 20, 2019 at 8:56pm

From your symptoms you need a new solenoid to solve it 

enjoy

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on August 20, 2019 at 8:50pm

The solenoid for the two mount and three mount starters WB the same  Norm 

remove the old one and install the new one 

Starter must come out 

Enjoy

Comment by Norman Silverman on August 20, 2019 at 8:45pm

Thanks, Russ. I found a solenoid at NAPA for $56 (seems high), but I am reluctant to purchase it because I don't trust their listing (the 64 DeVille starter they have listed has only TWO mounting holes in the gear end, while we need 3 for a TH400). Does the solenoid "fork" just slide right on to the starter gear train "collar" with nothing other than the backstop of the position of the solenoid to hold it in place? I've never done one. 

Comment by Russ Austin on August 20, 2019 at 8:32pm

ny parts store will carry the solenoid. It is an easy job to do. Disconnect the battery, remove the starter and remove the solenoid.

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