Dr. Frankenstein, IT LIVES!
Got the new starter idler gear limiter via the Big Brown Bus. Drained oil, pulled cover, replaced gear, put it all back together, poured oil in and VIOLA'! It starts like it's supposed to!
Put the old unit in the vise and gripped one of the gears with a pair if large channel locks and it slips/spins MUCH easier that I would have thought. Not sure if it is supposed to spin at all or not. Don't have time tonight but plan to disassemble this in the next few days and let you know what's inside.
All for now....