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Old 11-29-2009, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All ready to start the mach 1 and do final adjustments (still on the lift) after finally getting everything in order after the 4 speed swap. Excitement leads to concern after turning the key and hearing a terrible grinding noise.

My mechanic working with me says the starter is not disengaging from the wheel. Its a NAPA rebuilt unit, but he says its not uncommon for "rebuilt" starters to be bad out of the box.

I'm wondering if they sold me the correct starter at NAPA. At least I hope that's what the problem is.

Whats the differences between the manual and auto starters? Different teeth # ?

Anything I can check with the current starter before I return it?

He also metioned the solenoid and told me to get another one as well.
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Mine was doing the same thing. I had to put a shim between the starter and bellhousing.
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Mine was doing the same thing. I had to put a shim between the starter and bellhousing.
+1 Got the shim at NAPA. They have them for various applications. Just ask at the counter.
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The parts stores are "famous" for having auto and manual starters confused in the book/computer...I'd bet there's nothing wrong with the starter, it's probably just the wrong one.
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The parts stores are "famous" for having auto and manual starters confused in the book/computer...I'd bet there's nothing wrong with the starter, it's probably just the wrong one.
+1 wrong one. It seems to me that the part numbers were reversed in some of the books between manual and auto. Haven't run in to that in a long time but then again I haven't dealt with any starter problems in a while.
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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One of my theories is the after market block plate that I installed is too thin, compared to an original and I need the above mentioned shim to back the starter gear back.

I hope.
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I'm using a Lakewood shield with a Beck/Arnley starter from Napa.
No # on starter but the nose is 2 inches long.

The auto starter will work sometimes but will skip out and grind when trying to start engine.
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the aftermarket plate is probably a different thickness from stock. Just pick up a shim or 2. That should cure the problem...
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