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Old 02-18-2012, 06:06 AM
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Default Mini starter - why did I wait so long!?

I finally swapped in a ministarter. Something I should have done a long time ago. I had actually retarded the timing because it cranked so slow after the engine warmed up. Can't believe that little booger can spin it over so fast!





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Old 02-18-2012, 02:26 PM
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Is it the one for a mid-nineties Chevy truck? And if so, did you get the correct bolts for it?

Yeah, it makes the original seem like something from the Flintstones, doesn't it....
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But it didn't come with 2 bolts so I ended up using my stock bolts with about 3 washers on each one because they are about a 1/4" too long. I noticed they are a little sloppy in the starter holes so they probably don't locate as good as the metric bolts. Do they make bolts to adapt the metric starters to Gen I blocks?
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When I used the original bolts, I too stacked washers and also wrapped shim stock around the shanks.

But GM does make bolts specifically for this application--Part # 12338064

I didn't get a "hi torque" starter, just a parts store stock replacement one. The first one did fail on me after a few months, but I got a new one free under warranty and have had no problem with it for several years now. Once in a while when it's hot I wonder for a moment if it will turn it over--but so far, it always has. Sounds like a Chrysler starter compared to the GM Flintstone one, but anymore I don't notice that.

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Not bad for 47bucks.
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Why not go with a gear reduction starter instead?
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When I used the original bolts, I too stacked washers and also wrapped shim stock around the shanks.

But GM does make bolts specifically for this application--Part # 12338064

I didn't get a "hi torque" starter, just a parts store stock replacement one. The first one did fail on me after a few months, but I got a new one free under warranty and have had no problem with it for several years now. Once in a while when it's hot I wonder for a moment if it will turn it over--but so far, it always has. Sounds like a Chrysler starter compared to the GM Flintstone one, but anymore I don't notice that.
Thanks JPhil, this starter takes the long and the short bolt (153 tooth flywheel). I think the number you gave me is just for the other starter (168 tooth flywheel). Maybe I will weld up the shanks and grind to fit the starter. It sounds like it is engaging pretty good though.

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Why not go with a gear reduction starter instead?
Why, when this spins it for $47?
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Why not go with a gear reduction starter instead?
Why, when this spins it for $47?
will it spin it when it is super hot? You can buy a used 88-91 vette gear reduction starter for 50.00
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Hope you have more luck with the starter than I did. I think these are chinese? In either case, they have a plastic sun gear and they do not like to start a high compression engine with some healthy advance:



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