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350 chevy what starter to use?

Im Derek with my 55 Willys project back, i have made progres, got a newer rebuilt 350 n long block n needing to finish kinda dressing up, got a new short style water pump, need alternator not sure what amp i should use, not running pwr steer, or a/c, just basics, also big ? is my flywheel is
168 tooth so can i run most of the new starters u c for sale on Ebay, my motor was cast n 1979, most new starter listed dont list that far back, but im told i can pick kinda any of the newer starters listed for chevy 350?
Im not wanting to buy any thing fancy n flashy its just for my 55 Willys weekender, im seeing the starters for as low as $60 n alternators 63-110
amp 1 wire for about $70-$100 i need advice on both, thanks, Derek

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buy a good quality starter,might be a long walk if you stall the truck out in nowhere land.
Buy a big alternator if you have an electric winch
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I Had nothing but good luck with this starter,,, As far as buying big name starters... I will never spend my money on them again.... I was told I had to have a power master starter on my 468 big block.. Yeah Ok !!!! Broke the nose right off one,,, Bought this one and never had a problem after that.. I put this little starter on every car I build now... Good people and good stater for the money.... Lay it next to a power master starter and you won't know one from the other..Check with this guy...Chevy 305 350 454 Mini Racing PMGR Starter High Torque | eBay
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As far as the alternator, I would heed the advice of automotive electrical guru Mark Hamilton, who advises against "one-wire" alternators...

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I've bought full kits from Mark for both my '71 Thunderbird and '70 Caprice, and I've been 100% happy with the results both times...
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Never had a problem running one wire alternator..It's all I use..
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Im Derek with my 55 Willys project back, i have made progres, got a newer rebuilt 350 n long block n needing to finish kinda dressing up, got a new short style water pump, need alternator not sure what amp i should use, not running pwr steer, or a/c, just basics
Use an internal regulator type alternator. The most common- and usually cheapest- is the SI series. The 10SI can be found w/amp ratings from 37 to 63. The 12SI were available w/56 up to 94 amp.

One wire alternators are generally speaking not the best way to go. More: Delco SI Alternator 1-Wire vs 3-Wire Explained and MAD Electrical

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also big ? is my flywheel is
168 tooth so can i run most of the new starters u c for sale on Ebay, my motor was cast n 1979, most new starter listed dont list that far back, but im told i can pick kinda any of the newer starters listed for chevy 350?
Im not wanting to buy any thing fancy n flashy its just for my 55 Willys weekender, im seeing the starters for as low as $60 n alternators 63-110
amp 1 wire for about $70-$100 i need advice on both, thanks, Derek
Many of the high torque mini starters use the bolt holes that are straight across from each other. These holes were used w/the 153 tooth flex/flywheel in OEM apps. The staggered bolt holes are used w/a 168 tooth flex, again in an OEM app.

So as long as you have the straight across bolt holes in your block you can use an aftermarket starter that uses those holes w/the 168 tooth flex. If you choose to use a traditional Chevy starter, get one that has the staggered mounting holes in the nose. More on starters here.
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Never had a problem running one wire alternator..It's all I use..
DITTO.. not all I'll use but never had an issue with one
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Either a one-wire or a 3 wire alternator will work, but the 3 wire is a better choice if you want it to work like OEM and keep the battery charged at any RPM. If you are going to run the Willys at low speed quite a bit, the 3 wire is probably a better match overall.

The 94 amp internally regulated GM 12si should have enough output for your application, and they are available from any parts store. You can get them with various clocking for the case terminals (3, 6, 9 etc.) and with either V-belt or serpentine pulley. Brackets for an SI alternator with a short water pump are probably not OEM, since the SI was mostly used after GM switched to the long pump. However, the brackets you need should be available in aftermarket.

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Use a CS-130 alterator.. good for 110A, and they charge WAY WAY WAHY better at idle.. but they aren't cheap.

$100-ish from advance auto parts.
if you use the alternator to a 1989 Olds Cutlass Cierra with the 3300 v6, you will get a CS-130 with 180-degree opposed mounting lugs that will fit standard sbc alternator mounts with some persuasion.

this is a METRIC alternator, it's ever-so-slightly shorter in height then an SI series, and you will need a metric bolt for the tapped hole in the housing, but it DOES fit.

you will need a 4-wire plug from the parts store to wire it.

my neighbor got drunk tried to leave the park, and in the process, tried to shove my olds cutlass cierra under my mobile home...
http://home.comcast.net/~kc8oye/NonMonte/car1.JPG

so before his insurance company hauled it away for scrap, I liberated the CS-130 alternator (wish I kept the whole 3300 very nice engine)
and bolted it up to my '72 monte carlo with its 1970 SBC 350.
i put the custom fan on there for looks.. the stock one would have worked fine. it even does ok with a single v-belt instead of the poly-v.


http://home.comcast.net/~kc8oye/Engine/DSCN0763.JPG

side view:

http://home.comcast.net/~kc8oye/Engine/DSCN0762.JPG


as for the starter, unless you are running crazy compression, an o.e spec starter should do fine.. it's all I've ever used.. even at 9.5:1 compression and long-tube headers.
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