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Old 12-23-2005, 07:09 AM
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broken block at starter

here we go, i have a 78 chevy truck with a 350/350 and the offset hole is broken on the block... question is, is there another starter that i can use that uses the paralel hole for the starter? ive come up with every idea i can think of to make it work with the existing starter, but always comes loose, and thats even using loc-tite. thx

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get you one of the high tourque mini starters, they have 2 sets of holes in them to adjust to the large or small flywheel, using the paralell holes, about $100.00 from speedway motors.
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I agree with the hi-torque stater recommendation. the only thing I would add is to go with a brand name like Powermaster. I bought a knock-off from a local starter shop and the bendix would not disengage immediately after starting. Only later did I find out that most of the mini starter knock offs do this. may not sound like much, but it was down right annoying. Also, I took it apart and discovered that the planetary gears were plastic or some form of nylon . I then decided to purchase a Powermaster hi-torque starter and it was a world of difference.

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Old 12-28-2005, 08:22 AM
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thx for the replies guys., but i failed to mention that we were trying to fix the problem with stock parts... so, heres what i found... the older 307's, and certain 4.1 inlines run the parallel bolt hole starters with a 153 tooth flexplate. its a long story, but in short, i ended up finding out that the starter from the wifeys 307 is the same as a 79 impala 4.1 but yet there was no listing for the flexplate, so i got 1 for a 79 impala 4.1 and we got a new starter... all i had to do was pull the trans to swap flexplates and i had to modify the dust cover to fit the new setup... after i got done, it was as quiet and smooth as can be and i didnt have to do any shimming... hopefully, the next person who runs into this kind of problem, will now have some sort of solution like i found...
p.s. i added a pic of the problem so those who may not know what im tallking about will see...
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