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Old 12-28-2008, 10:16 AM
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84' S10 conversion problems (starter)

okay so i turned 16 and really wanted a little muscle in a vehial so i bought an 84 s10 and now i have problems ....okay so here is the trouble i put a 1975 350 out of a chevy 3/4 ton into my 84 s10. A regular size 350 starter dose not fit because it hits on the frame. i bought a 305 starter because it fits.. but it kicks out and messes up my ring gear. ill turn it over and either sticks or it jams and grinds.... i need to know if shimming it will help or if the 305 starter gear and the 350 ring gear dont go together i just need some advice...
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I have done several of these and the best thing is to use a mini starter. You can get one for around $125. Back when I worked on them and did not have alot of since I used to notch the frame. It depends on witch V8 conversion kit you use they usually come with different heigth bolt holes in the motor mounts if you use the top holes the full size starter usually goes on with ease. I hope this helps .

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I have done several of these and the best thing is to use a mini starter. You can get one for around $125. Back when I worked on them and did not have alot of since I used to notch the frame. It depends on witch V8 conversion kit you use they usually come with different heigth bolt holes in the motor mounts if you use the top holes the full size starter usually goes on with ease. I hope this helps .

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okay ... but do you no ifthe 305 gears in the starter will work with the 350 ring gear... or how fari have to space them or how to space them
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okay ... but do you no ifthe 305 gears in the starter will work with the 350 ring gear... or how fari have to space them or how to space them
Sounds like you just need to run a shim or two. My brother in law is running a factory starter on his 350 S10.
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ya thats what i figured but the starter drive is so close its stuck on the ring gear will shimms still help?
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ya thats what i figured but the starter drive is so close its stuck on the ring gear will shimms still help?
worth a try, isn't it?
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84' S10 conversion problems (starter)

Shim it & enjoy it, I'd be surprised if it doesn't work. I have yet to find a Chevy flex-plate that does not mesh with the starter.
I have an 86 S10 Blazer with a +/-300HP 350 in it, it's a tonne of fun.
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Shim it & enjoy it, I'd be surprised if it doesn't work. I have yet to find a Chevy flex-plate that does not mesh with the starter.
I have an 86 S10 Blazer with a +/-300HP 350 in it, it's a tonne of fun.
do you have room for a full 350 starter in ther.. mine can only fit a 305 starter.. and i have to change the starter drive to match up..... what kind starter do you have??? price? where to get it ?
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Shim it & enjoy it, I'd be surprised if it doesn't work. I have yet to find a Chevy flex-plate that does not mesh with the starter.
I have an 86 S10 Blazer with a +/-300HP 350 in it, it's a tonne of fun.

and wha did you do to get 300 hp
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Unfortunately I don't know the part number for my starter, I built the truck a year & a half ago when I just grabbed one off of the shelf & installed it. If the 305 starter works, use it, you do also have the choice of running a mini starter.
I own a hotrod shop so I used a motor I had "laying around" therefore I don't know the exact spec's. If you take a 350 & go with 10 - 1 compression, a good set of heads & intake along with a matching cam you will reach 300 horsepower. I would suggest if you want that type of horsepower, go to an engine builder or to a GM dealer & purchase it complete. I find these engines run the best & come with a warranty.
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