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Old 07-19-2004, 11:32 PM
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starter shiming due to align boring?

ever since i had my block align bored i have to shim the out side edge of my starter to get the gears to mesh and its still loud, i dont dare shim it any more, i think the more angle i put on it the less starter touches the block and the weaker the connection between them is. I was thinking that if i found an old starter that fit and milled the mounting pad down a bit then shimmed it back to fit i might get a better connection. any thoughts or has anyone else had this problem? with all the work i have in this engine the loud starter is embarrassing. thanks.

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Old 07-19-2004, 11:36 PM
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What engine is it? 400 SBC's are notorious for starters needing shims. Modified block or not.



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Old 07-19-2004, 11:55 PM
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One thing to try also is to get a cast iron nose starter instead of aluminum or steel nose like most of them. I had this problem on my rebuilt 350. The cast iron nose starters are 1/8th of an inch closer to the flywheel from the starter shaft centerline( At least the ones we measured at the parts store were)
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