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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 00, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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I have questions about starter shims in a 1976 Chevy Camaro. (350 bored to 383) I have already put 5 starters in, within less than a year. I believe that the problem lies with the shims. I don't know the combination of shims (width/quantity). Please help.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 00, 09:30 AM
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Do a search on "starter shimming" and check out the "Bellhousing" post. Torker posted a reply which was a fine description of the shimming process on 1/31/00.

'69 400SB, Richmond 5-speed; '99 HD Road King Classic
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 00, 01:45 PM
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Another thing to check once you have it shimmed properly....do you have the brace on the front of the starter ??/ This is a small stamped metal brace that goes from the front of the starter up to a hole in the side of the block. It prevents the starter from moving around and really helps in any kind of higher compression engine.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 3rd, 00, 03:55 AM
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Long ago, I had a 400 with a major appetite for starters. Way too much compression. What exactly is it doing to the starter? Eating the bendix? Cracking the nose? Not turning over when it's hot? With more info, I can help with this.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 00, 12:21 PM
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Might check to make sure you're using the factory bolts with the knurled area under the heads. Keeps the starter exactly in line.
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