I've read the manual but thought I'd ask before I get too aggressive with a hammer based on some poor pictures in a PDF
I have a 70 GT that I've been working on for a little bit now. I came to testing the starter and it didn't spin. I pulled it off and it, like most of the other spinny bits of the car, seemed to be seized from sitting. I got it largely knocked loose but thought lubing it up would be a decent plan while I had it off. Surely that would be a quick job. I'm not in full 'I must make everything factory new' mode, I'm just trying to see if this engine has life in it as-is, basically. Anyway I popped the starter apart, greased it up, got everything spinning and moving smoothly, and then realized I might have screwed up. I pulled the geared end cap with the solenoid and armature that it activates off in one piece. The brush-end however doesn't seem to want to come off of the middle section. The brushes have all sprung out of their holders and I don't see a way to get them all back in place and held there while I insert the whole armature into place. I assume the brush-end should come off as well? I've given it some fairly decent whacks with a rubber mallet but haven't seemed to budge it. I didn't want to get more aggressive before checking here and seeing if I'm headed in the right direction.
Is the brush-end of the starter supposed to separate from the center section with the field windings? If not, how am I supposed to get these brushes in place and hold them there while I get the armature back in?