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Old 11-19-2002, 05:43 PM
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This is my first question and i am surely no mechanic but if someone could please help me i have a 1970 monte carlo i ordered a new 350 motor they messed up and sent me a 400 i didnt know put all my 350 parts as in heads balancer flywheel the car was real bad about trying to crank and when it did it had a bad vibration so i ran casting numbers found out it was a 400 so far i have changed the harmonic balancer put a 400 flywheel on it that has stopped the vibration but now i cannot get the starter to get close enough to the flywheel to get it to crank right it makes a awful grinding noise like the bendix is kicking in to close to the flywheel but im positive that its not also i crossreferenced 350 and a 400 starter and there the same thing i bought a new starter tried that and it still just wont crank any suggestions would be much appreciated thanks!

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Old 11-19-2002, 05:58 PM
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you will have to shim the starter, shims are available at any parts store. or if the starter is not engaging deep enough you will have to mill the mounting face of the starter till you have sufficient starter gear engagement, had the latter problem on a 4.3 blazer kept eating starter drives, till i moved the starter up by milling .060" off the mount face
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Old 11-19-2002, 06:03 PM
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Did you put the 350 heads on the 400? If you did, I hope you drilled the steam holes, it will run HOT if not.
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nope i did not drill the heads but i will snatch them off this weekend and correct the problem.
Also i tried grinding the starter myself and it worked fine for two days then the starter vibrated loose i guess and i have lock washers on it i dont know maybe its just not milled off right so its not going to stay tight!
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Old 11-19-2002, 06:14 PM
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I guarantee it's not ground right if you ground it yourself. Take it to the machine shop, it costs very little to have it done right. Maybe even have them take off more than you really need off, you can always shim it back to where it needs to be.
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I appreciate it i will!!
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Oh yeah, those first generation Montes are one of my favorites.
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thanks again i will post pictures as soon as i get it painted that is my present to myself for christmas!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-19-2002, 06:37 PM
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I'd like to see it. Yeah, I think this year I'll buy my wife a new toolbox or gun cabinet for Christmas.
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