Tried searching for this to no avail so....
I am currently restoring a 1974 Ascona for my wife and things are going well (sending it out for paint soon).
I purchased a new ogts permanent magnet starter because I thought the old one was intermittant (I was getting a clicking sound everytime the key was turned but it only engaged intermitantly (I also bought a new battery, ground wire and hot wire, by the way).
The install went smoothly (Only needing two bolts to mount, because of the smaller size) but I have the same issue.
A guy in the garage I was working in helped me troubleshoot it and he said that the solenoid is not meshing with the gears and after a few try's it eventually lines up (note: sometimes it works right away).
He said on most cars he was used to working on, when this happened, you could insert shims on the outer side of the starter mount and it would allow the gears to mesh.
Can this be done with the 1.9 engine or is there another more expensive problem I am faced with?
Thanks for any suggestion in advance.