Why is the chevy starter so difficult to adjust. I just finished with installing a starter on my 400SB with a 153-tooth flywheel. The issues were-
1. 3rd bolt hole was missing. I created a jig based on another block with the 3 bolt holes. This was interesting since I had to do this in the car. With the jig I had no issues. How have others done this?
2. Bendix depth. I found no information on this but found that with the 400 Balance plate installed my bendix did not have 100% contact with the flywheel. I needed to machine the nose stop of the starter, then shim the back of the starter to push the bendix as far out as possible. Now I have 100% tooth contact with .010” protruding past the flywheel. This looks perfect. Is this common?
3. Now the gears were to tight and found that I needed a total of 1/16” worth of shims to get the right tooth mesh.
My question is how do I replace a chevy starter without removing the bell housing? This seams excessive. If I did not do this process it would have eaten the flywheel to pieces.
[This message has been edited by NJchevyman (edited 03-11-2002).]