|Thanks for the replies guys.
The Cambridge Motorsport one is possibly the one Iíll go for, itís been reliable and that is what Iím looking for. Do you know the manufacturer?
I only have a single 12v battery and canít fit another without some fairly significant rework as my Supersports shell doesnít have provision for it. I donít require the ballast wire, the SD1 ignition doesnít need it and the engine always fires up as long as the starter motor manages to get one piston over its compression stroke, but thatís getting increasingly marginal. No heat shield but I do have RV8 style manifolds and they really are not close to the starter motor. Good point about the solenoid, I need to spend some time investigating that.
Iíd missed the one from SC Parts. http://www.scparts.co.uk/index/lang-2/lkz-195/markenid-8/katnr-183/kat_sprache-2/hrubnr-1569/rubrik-4824/functiontpl-virtueller_katalog_artikelresult.tpl,kat_id-265403,artikelnr-339365.htm £244.99 so middle of the road for price.
The first thing I did was check all the connections, the battery and the alternator. Itís the starter motor/solenoid that is bad.
The starter motor has started three different engines over 28 years and has given good service Ė well done Joe Lucas Ė but I think the time has come to replace it.
Iíve just found this one that looks like the one Clive sells. http://www.motorsport-tools.com/powerlite-all-rover-v8-engines-high-torque-starter-motor-p-252439.html Made in England, although sadly Iím not convinced that is a good thing anymore. The website states £198.72 but Iíve asked Motorsport Tools to confirm the price and availability.
I apologise if I appear to be seeking the cheapest possible price, Iím really searching for the best product at a reasonable price and from somewhere that will accept an internet order and ship to France.