So I ran up to NH, just 2 hours away, with my starter and dropped it off last week with a local shop recommended by VCCA member Steve D.
He did a major overhaul and had it ready in 3 days. Installed it today AND it's working fine.
High torque windings, new original style Delco spring style drive, bushings, brushes, turn armature,insulation, etc, for $195. He replaced the new fangled ratchet style drive that was in there with the above mentioned one. Shop owner says it has better action and meshes more precise.
I know….I know…the electrolock is missing. I have yet to make peace with it. Someday maybe.
Thanks for the help guys.