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Old 11-23-2005, 09:34 PM
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Starter/Flex Plate Problem

I am a new to rodding and I'm running a 350/350 set up on my '39 Ford. When starting the car, you can hear what I think are excessive grinding and clicking noises. It sounds like the starter and the flex plate are not meshing correctly. The guy that built it indicated that the starter was a "high torque" type and that it needed shims. I did that (with a lot of help of a couple of guys in our local cruise club). It quieted things down a bit, but the chatter is starting to worsen again (after only 10 or 12 starts since the shims).
what else should I look at?

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How much draw should I have?

Try reading this thread........
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gotta love the parts houses...

Give you the cheapest price and the poorest quality for the money. I've been there and done that, install a new part..things don't work right....replace the new part with another part till its right. Remember to hang onto your paper work/receipt so you can easily get your warranty parts.


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Starter/Flex Plate Problems

As soon as I solve my brakes problem, I' going to get back to my noisy starter. I have a couple of questions.... I see in other threads and I hear from some of the local experts that I need to be sure the starter gear ratio matches the flex plate gear ratio. I've been told that I need to determine if I have a 153 tooth or a 168 tooth set-up. Does that mean I have to count the number of teeth in the flex plate? And then what? What do I look at in the starter to determine that it's the correct one?

Also, I am getting feedback that anytime you have the problem of a noisy bad mesh between the starter and the flex plate, you should replace the starter bolts with better ones. Do I take the old ones to the parts store and say -- give me better ones-- or is there a specific bolt type I should ask for?

And what about the shims I've put in? Do I start the shim process over again with the new bolts or do I just put back the shims that were there and seemed to help a little?
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I would count the teeth on the ring gear to be sure. There is a noticable difference in size in the two flexplates though.

You are using "starter bolts" and not regular bolts I take it.

There are a few different drive end frames for Chev starters and you have to make sure that you have the correct one for the application, Meaning that it matches up to the flywheel properly.
One more thing to check, Is the flexplate running true and not bent or warped. Also check the teeth on the flexplate to be sure that they are in good condition. No chips or rough edges.
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starter problems

chevrolet makes a bracket that bolts to the block and starter to keep the starter from moving.
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