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Old 09-21-2004, 01:27 PM
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Starter and Flywheels on a Canada block

Ok I have a 86 chevy 1/2 ton truck i have put in a rebuilt 350 engine with a 10.3:1 compression ratio and a 3/4 cam and a turbo 350 transmission
My problem is whenever i put the engine is i knew it was from an earlier model from the 70s but did not realize that there was a difference in the starters and flywheels because i installed a starter and flywheel from the 86 truck and always had problems shimming the starter. I took it to a shop to see if they could figure out the problem and i was told that the engine block was a 1978 year model from canada and so the shop put in a flywheel for that model engine and a matching starter, it didnt really fix the problem because it was a stock starter and my compression is to high and i am looking for a gear reduction starter that would work so my question is what is the number of teeth on the flywheel for the 78 canada block and where could i find a gear reduction starter for this flywheel
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Old 09-21-2004, 03:00 PM
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Never heard of a "Canada" block.................do you mean it was manufactured in Canada?

There should be no difference............
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Old 09-21-2004, 03:23 PM
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I"m not sure about the Canadian blocks, but I'm pretty sure the "made in Mexico" blocks have square flywheels!!! LOL
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I never thought that there was a difference between american and canadian made blocks until i took it to a shop and thats what i was told the problem was from the guy at the shop
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There is no difference between where the blocks are made. Get a machine shop that knows Chevy engines. If you have a 78 block then you need a starter with offset mounting holes and a 168 tooth flywheel.
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