Starter teeth not fully engaging
I'm just putting the jewelry on a new 350 HO, Vortec crate engine. I'm finding the 2 starters I've tried (2 different models from Jegs) are failing to fully engage the teeth on the ring gear. The solenoid is not pushing the pinion gear far enough to fully mesh. At rest, there is a 1/4" gap (Should be 0.10), and the gears engage only about half their width when extended.
One guy at Jegs says he's heard of this but there's nothing to worry about, the other says he's never heard of this and any starter for the 350 crate with in-line bolt holes should work fine, never had a problem.
This can't be right. Anyone else run into this? What to do?
Possible the tapped holes in the block are 'off'?????