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Old 10-25-2002, 08:00 AM
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I'm running a 350 chevy block with a 350 turbo trans in my 39 Ford coupe , I go thru starters like crazy , it will work fine for a while then it sounds like a bunch of bolts in a blender and dies.I've changed the fly wheel and starter combination numerous times and nothing seem to work.

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Hi jr. Is the starter failing electrically, IE dead, or is it a mechanical failure IE won't turn? If you're frying starters then it's 90 percent that it's the starter itself. Where is your battery mounted? If It's trunk mount it could be a grounding issue. Run both the hot lead and ground up to the engine. Grounding to the frame in the rear is a common mistake. Ground battery to block/block to frame/frame to body. Now if it's mechanical you might want to check the clearance from the drive gear to the flywheel. Pull the bendix back into mesh with the flywheel and check the clearance from the space between flywheel teeth to the tip of the bendix gear tooth. A paperclip is the usual tool. The starter may be too tight and need shims at the mounting base. Hope this helps.
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Every thing badA31 said sounds dead on,But thought I might add-- make sure your using the frt. support strap on the starter. This can be real problem on motors running higher than stock compression or a hot day.
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