This is a dynamite website and I've spent the whole weekend reading it. I am in the process of trying to figure out what seems to be a common problem with the Chevy 350. My car is a 1972 Impala. I am including pics which are linked to a website hopefully my links will work. I've had a starter shop put 4 starters in after I spent two days (using the tips from this board) shimming and shaving the starter that was in the car (rebuilt starter from parts store) . The starter shop put in a gear reduction starter, etc, but couldn't get rid of the grinding. They say it is the flexplate. Flexplate looks good to me, altough it is worn on some of the teeth. I figure before pulling the engine it's worth replacing the flexplate. Some of the questions I have are: I know of the highest tech welding shop around, they do aviation/aerospace stuff, and have welded cast iron for me before. Does anyone think this could be done with engine in the car? Has anyone out there done this, or how did they do it? Did the 72 Impala come with a starter brace, can I get a starter brace for it? I read a member on this board who fabricated a piece of steel to beef up the cracked hole, anyone else done this? The hole in question is the one furthest from the block, Hopefully you can see in my photos it appears that the crack stops where the threads start, or the crack is in the area of the shoulder of the starter bolt. The starter bolt will torque down, however it seems that I can move the stater slightly with a lot of pressure with my hand. Is this normal , or my imagination? Will the starter brace fix this? Does anyone know a shop in Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County) that could handle this. Thanks in advance for all and any help!
<img src= http://4vacationdepot.com/09230011.jpg
<img src= http://4vacationdepot.com/09230012.jpg
<img src= http://4vacationdepot.com/09230013.jpg