Hi Dan -
Good points. I do think that that top starter bolt actually goes through
and threads into part of the upper front motor mount, which is why the
Bentley probably recommends supporting the motor. However there are two
other bolts that hold that mount onto the block so as you mention it
probably isn't critical that you support the engine. (I had that whole mess
apart when I had my motor/tranny/head disassembled recently.)
Funny that you had that same 2" wire go bad on yours - it went bad on my
original starter too, and I replaced it with two pieces of #12 copper wire.
Worked OK for a couple of months, and then something else went wrong so I
just decided to replace the whole thing (after 178k miles, why not? ;)
Thanks for the additional notes...
- Bob T.