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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 04, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Turned the key on my '69 small block the other day and got nothing, with the exception of the fuel light lighting up. Tried it a few times and got nothing. Banged on the starter and it turned right over and fired up.


1 - Is the starter and/or solenoid in need of replacement?
2 - If so, what starter do you guys recommend? While very correct, it is not a car that I would mind if it had an incorrect, but better performing, starter on it.
3 - Can heat be the problem? I have read about a heat shield issue for starters.

Thanks everyone.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 04, 04:19 AM
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Sounds like the solenoid. Try cleaning all the connections first. If you still have a problem replace the solenoid. Heat is definately a problem. Especially if you have headers. A heat shield would be a good start to solving the problem. If your starter is numbers matching and needs rebuilding, have the rebuild shop rebuild yours. Dated starters are getting hard to find and when you find them they are expensive! You could buy a mini high torque starter and put your away for safe keeping. The newer starters handle the heat much better and require less juice to run.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 04, 01:20 PM
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When the brushes in the starter get worn down they can hang up also. Tapping the starter will cause a hung brush to drop back into postition.

Good thing about those old starters is that you can fix them yourself. I buff up the commutator with a little emery cloth, drop in a new set of brushes and I'm off to the races. A new bendix and solenoid are often a good idea considering how fun it is to work on starters. Just depends on how many miles you have on them.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 04, 02:26 PM
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I would vote for a newer mini starter, you can pick them up at a salavage yard quite reasonable, my 396 was a bear to start once it was hot & had sat for a few minutes, with the $30.00 mini starter from a 99 Yuckon it starts like it was a 6 cylinder with no compression

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 04, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks alot guys. Looks like I'll be putting on a new starter next week. I'll be at the Atlantic City auction this weekend.
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