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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: 2 Dog Town in West Texas
Re: starter or flywheel problem
There is a differance in flywheel tooth count. If you went to mini starters, they ususally have two bolt patterns to use, 153 / 168 tooth. In any case,, any of these starters and orginals need to be shimmed, especially the mini. The mini starters, I used Tilton, has provisions to shim both ways, one on the parallel and one on depth. On the GM starter you shim in mostly and sometimes only one side of the housing to get it correct. Most parts stores sell these little guages which is mainly a 1/16 piece of wire or rod to place between starter tooth and flywheel tooth depth. Once you got that , you are set. I am still using my heavy duty cast iron nose starter but have used mini on other cars. A word about mini starters, there are lots of cheapies out there and are not worth the money ,, once they are out ,, they are basically gone and most starter shops will not even look at them. Get a Tilton. You pay for what you get.
If you got a bad flywheel, it has to be replaced , no bandaids.
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Zdld17:69 Z/RS,306, NOR141111, 9N554XXX, 12A, X3G, 59/59,723, AFR 195,CCC282/290HR, TKO 600, BU1122B1E Owner since Dec 1968
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