Originally Posted by F-BIRD'88
The required OEM rear support brace and correct OEM GM knurled starter bolts would have prevented all this. You get these from a GM dealer parts counter.
If / when you crack /strip out the end starter bolt hole on the block,
The fix is to converter to the old 1955 1956 era way of mounting the starter motor
on the first 265cid sbc's, with one of these starter mounting adapter and a 1955 era style starter.
Replace a chewed flex plate gear while you are in there.
PS this adapter also needs the support brace on the end of the starter motor.
Yeah, I tried the starter conversion plate. Does NOT work. And there is no way of adjusting the starter. No shims - nada. 200 bucks on a worthless piece of steel and a starter that wont fit anywhere. Do NOT buy that.
Have been trying to solve this effing starter problem for a long time. Its the worst problem Ive ever had on any car! Maybe tomorrow its fixed, maybe not. Some serious headache, two broken ribs and alot of time and money spent on this horrible idiotic construction.