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Starter Help, yes I searched!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by renny, Nov 27, 2004.

  1. renny

    renny Registered Member

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    Okay the outer starter bolt hole on my 400small block has busted off. What I'm trying to find is an OE application 3 bolt starter for the small or big block chevy. My block is predrilled and tapped on all three starter moounting holes so an inline or offset starter could mount to it.

    I did find a CSR performance mini hi-torque starter with this mounting configuration for $259 bucks but I am a cheapskate and would prefer to find a cheaper alternative.
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. dave_90_blazer

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    AFAIK, no oe starter used all three
     
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    k20 3/4 ton status

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    my powermaster XS starter uses all 3, but its like 220.
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    The 2 bolt hole "patterns" are for the different nose cones between the 168 and 153 tooth ring gears.

    I also know of no application that used all three.
     
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    There are cheap gear reduction starters on ebay with either config. Got mine for $60 and it still works great.
     
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    I've seen one that used all 3 bolts,it was used only one or two years around 1970--had a cast iron nose,if I remember right it was on the bigger C series trucks like a C60 or a bus--they are rarer than hens teeth,and chances of finding one will be slim.Your pretty much stuck with the aftermarket gear reduction style starter when the block breaks off the outer bolt,and it cant be welded or heli-coiled.One guy I know swapped his automatic for a 4 speed when that happenned to his truck--the 4 speed starter bolts to the bellhousing,not the block(at least on the older trucks up to 1980 or so,newer might not /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif)--he was planning on swapping the 4 speed in anyway--this just made it happen sooner than he expected too. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
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    I had that happen and paid a guy 150$ to weld the ear up and re tap it.
    I went through about 17 starters (noexateration)
    and 2 or 3 flywheels beacuse the geometry just wasnt right.
    I eneded up getting a block and tranfering all the parts.
     
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    Yea cast iron can be welded by a competent shop. The spot needs to be heated up with a torch before it is welded and it should hold.
     

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