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I can't find a starter for my '72!

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 72BlazerTravis, Dec 31, 2002.

  1. 72BlazerTravis

    72BlazerTravis Registered Member

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    I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    Apparently my '72 thats a 4 speed manual is using one of those starters like they used on the '55's. The bolts don't go from the bottom side towards the top they go in from each side and sandwich it in. I can special order a starter through NAPA or AC-Delco but they are $80.00!! Where the hell can I find one cheaper cause I'm having to leave it sit. Surely somebody still makes these starters. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif Rebuilding it is an option too but this thing is completely shot.
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    I didn't realize these were rare. Came stock on my '68 that way. It bolts to the bell housing right? Anyway, picked a new one up from carquest and didn't pay $80. Did you check the cheaper parts store chains?
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    Also, unless your block is older and not cast for it, can't you just buy a stock '72 compatible starter and bolt it up???????
     
  4. 72BlazerTravis

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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    Nevermind, I found one through O'Reilly's for around $40.00. It had a bunch of cross referenced numbers. The AC-Delco was $80.00, O'Reilly sells its own brand for half that. Too bad I don't even have the money to buy the cheaper one right now. /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    So buy the "normal" starter and swap over the nose cone. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    A later model starter will bolt to the block (if it's drilled) but the hole in the bell housing may not line up. Tried it.
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    What I was saying was to use the nose part of the old starter, so it WOULD bolt to the bellhousing. And use the new motor (most likly faulty) on that. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    Yeah I'll be putting a new starter on tomorrow, got the one for 40.00 with a lifetime warranty. The only problem now is that the bolt hole that is closest to the flywheel cover is broke so I'll need one of those brackets that attches the front of the starter to the block for support. Should be okay though, with a lifetime replacement I'm not too worried about it. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    Check out this gear-reduction starters. These came off some P-vans that my old workplace wrecked out. They apparently cross over to late '70's Toyota Celica or something /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    Not too sure but I think the one on the top photo on the right side might be a distibutor.

    John
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    Is THAT what it is?!

    No wonder it didn't work so good /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    I just threw a starter that bolted to the block on my engine (the block was already drilled and tapped for that). Works fine. Works even better for the NV4500 conversion since the AA bellhousing won't accept the 4-speed starter.
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    Tell me more about this bracket that bolts the starter to the block. I have a busted bolt hole as well. I would like to add one too.
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    It isn't really a bracket...it is cast into the block. Your engine might have the holes tapped for it. Not too many of these trucks have the origional motors in them. Mine has a 400sbc in it so I have to use the offset mount starter.
     
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    Re: I can\'t find a starter for my \'72!

    I have the original engine. I thought it might be like the bracket on my Nova's starter. It had an inline 6 and it had an "L" bracket on the front end of the starter for extra support.
     

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