On going starter problems
I'm running out of ideas, need some new ones. Basics: 67 Mustang, 351C 4V, C4 trans. with the small bellhousing (case fill). It's always seemed to drag when starting. Awhile back it was dragging, made some noise and it locked up, found out it knocked several teeth off the flexplate. Changed flexplate, bought a late model gear reduction starter and put it back together. Same dragging with more noise like not meshing correctly. New battery, new cables, new solenoid and still the same. After a few starts with more noise, checked flexplate and noticed the teeth were starting to go. Ok, another flexplate and decided to try the Powermaster high torque. Still have the dragging and noise. This is starting to get very frustrating. I'm planning on going to an AOD soon, but would like to resolve this before that. So far, I've had a Hitachi hi-torque starter, late model gear reduction and the powermaster hi-torque starter and they all do/sound the same. I've measured the starter gear to flexplate as per the instructions with the starters and it's all good. I'm really beginning to think this thing doesn't like the small flexplate. Helllllppppppp!