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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 04, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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I put on a mini starter on my 383....not every time, but some times it will grind. I have shimmed in and out, but will do it sometimes....I watch the volt meter and when I start it it tends to drop to about 10 volts. I was told to install a ford solenoid and it will take care of this. Has anyone ever heard this and if so, does anyone have a wiring diagram to show how...I need pictures!!!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 04, 10:03 AM
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the ford solenoid setup is used to prevent hot starts on the starter, or rather to help start the car when the chev solenoid is too hot due to heat soak. It wont prevent the grinding your experiencing. That may simply be a case of removing shims and adjusting the position of the starter on the block pad fwd, back left and right til the grind goes away. Mine was picky about that as well.. I took out the shims and kept relocating the starter til it lined up right.

If you want to go with the ford bit:
1) install ford solenoid on inner fender
2) transfering (purple) lead to one upper terminal on ford solenoid. The other upper is connected to ground.
3)remove yellow wire from chev solenoid and connect to the second large post.
4)connect a battery cable to the second large post then to the Bat post on the chevy solenoid.
5) bridge the bat terminal and ign terminal on the chevy solenoid together.
6)Lastly, connect battery cable from battery + to first large terminal on ford solenoid.

Thats it. Now you've isolated the starter from heat soak and she should start every time.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 04, 09:08 AM
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I had a similar problem with a 68 I use to own. I came to find out that it was actually my fly-wheel. You can check this my removing the starter and visually inspecting the gears on both the starter and flywheel. Place a mark on the flywheel and rotate it in small increments.
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