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crc1124
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Total posts: 143
posted June 07, 2004 10:05 PM  
I need help! My starter problems are driving me crazy. I've just built a new 383 with 13.5:1 compression. I tried a new stock starter and it wouldn't budge. Went out and got an off brand hi-torque starter and it turned the motor over fine,when it would contact the flywheel. It kept hanging up and i noticed that there was an 1/8 inch difference in the clearance between the stock starter and the hi torque. I've seen starters need shims but I need to grind on the pad to make this thing work. Anyone else have this problem? The starter has a lifetime warranty but I'm thinking of taking it back and bite the bullet and buy a tilton.

waltonjr1
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Total posts: 516
posted June 07, 2004 11:11 PM  
Are you using the right starter to flywheel combo angle=168 straight=153


WesternAuto17
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Total posts: 569
posted June 08, 2004 08:09 AM  
Sounds like you have some problems. A new stock starter should be able to turn even a high compression 383. Did you ground the engine to the frame with a grounding strap? That helps the starter turn a lot faster.

As for the mini starter, it sounds like you have the wrong flywheel, but I would think that it would be more than 1/8". Whatever you do, grinding the block down will just make things worse. You're correct in thinking the starter should be too close. If its the correct flywheel / starter combo, maybe the starter case is machined wrong.

My starter is a Tilton with a Hitatchi motor and it is 6 years old on its 3rd engine. No problems.

[This message has been edited by WesternAuto17 (edited June 08, 2004).]

crc1124
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 143
posted June 08, 2004 09:41 PM  
Thanks for the replies. The starter I was using was machined wrong. I called the manufacturer and they gave me the correct number. By the way I was thinking about grinding the starter not the block. But that was a stupid to think I should grind anything. Just one of those moments of frustration I'm sure you all have faced one time or another.LOL

WesternAuto17
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Total posts: 569
posted June 10, 2004 07:23 AM  
I'm sorry I even implied you would grind the block, I misread your post.

Good luck, there's nothing more frustrating than getting wrong parts.

    

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