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Old 05-11-2010, 05:28 PM
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Mini Starter Brace?

I've read about the importance of a starter brace for a sbc, and seen them advertised, but never saw one installed. I haven't seen one for a mini starter. Wouldn't a mini need the same bracing?
I was thinking of fabing up something for mine. I don't know if I can get a bolt thru the rear cover to act as a stud sticking out the back with a jam nut to hold it, or if I'll have to get something welded on, or even if its a good idea to try. Will I just damage the starter since it dosen't seem to have any provisions for a brace in its design?
If I did get a stud on it, where would be a good place to attach the other end of the brace? I thought about the 2 bolt holes near the deck, but I may have to use them for a dipstick? I don't know. I haven't been able to find a dipstick for a vortec block so I don't know what one looks like? I just realized that maybe I could make a combination starter brace/dipstick bracket.(1/8" steel?)
If anyone could post a link to an advertisement, or pictures, or comments on design or feasibility I would be grateful! By the way, why would a factory block have the hole for the dipstick plugged? Sorry for so many Qs.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:41 PM
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On the older Chevy starters, one of those bolts holding the motor on the starter housing used to have a stud on the end to attach the brace.......The other end of the brace went to a 5/16 threaded hole in the block.
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