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Old 03-07-2006, 10:10 PM
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Drilling block for mini starter

Im switching over to a powermaster mini starter on my 406 and its the straight across mounting holes style and the block is staggered mount. I have never drilled my block or any block before and im wondering if anyone has any pointers on lining it up properly and such

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Old 03-07-2006, 11:14 PM
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If the block is outside the car, and it is disassembled, then give it ot a machine shop to have the drilling done. you really don't want to mess it up.
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That is correct, you'll not get it straight by hand. We do every one like this on the Bridgeport machine. The holes have to be in the correct location and must be straight.
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the motor is currently in the car and will not be coming out
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you might want to consider the mini starter off a 95 chevy truck with a big block, it is gear reduction stagger bolt pattern about $100.00. no drilling that way.
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Barny,

Do you have a Chevy part number for that type starter?
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I drilled mine out by hand. I also had to drill the two bolt holes on the front of the block for the power steering.

The way I did it was; I bolted the starter on with the one good hole. Then I took a large bit the same size as the hole and drilled a dent in the block to get me in the right spot. Then I used the proper bit for a 3/8 thread and had a friend watch me drill from the side to make sure I stayed true. I removed the starter. Tapped the hole and bolted the starter on with the new hole first and then put the bolt in the existing hole. Worked fine. I used the same method for my power steering.
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Gm part number 10465167 and list price on those are $312.03
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:04 PM
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Wilson P/N 91-01-4382, retails at 219.65 CDN + core. Permanent magnet, gear reduction, stagger pattern. Delco Reman P/N 323-485.
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I just told advance I wanted one off a 1995 1 ton with a 454 cost right at 109.00 remanned.Also a starter from an 89 s-10 with a 4.3 is the same I believe, they use an internal planetary gear set. Lots of guys here use them on hobby stocks, and our hobby stocks usually range from 406-434 sbc up 14.5 to1 comp. Also we have the added benefit of no charging systems on most cars with timing locked at 36 degrees and they start fine.
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I'll second that notion. We use those in our mods. Our lates we use a tilton. Looks the same though.
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