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70 chevy pickup 350 engine starter problems

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70 chevy pickup 350 engine starter problems

jeffgrid jeffgrid
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 11/07
Posted: 11/23/07
12:47 PM

I have a 70 chevy with a 350 engine & a turbo 350 trany put a new flex plate and starter on about 8 months ago and the teeth are all chewed up on both again. I spent a lot of time making sure the starter was shimmed up just right the last time and it sounded good but now it sounds terrable and need replaced again. Is there a different starter that might work better on these trucks than what I get at the local auto parts store. My brother had a truck the same year & it had the same problem. I would greatly appreciat any and all advice I can get thank you ....jeff....  

72ghostC10 72ghostC10
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 12/02/07
05:35 PM

ok jeff you probably dont need any shims i had the same problem it probably has some Washers on the screws so no matter how many times you shim itdo it again just dont shim it  

72blue 72blue
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/20/08
08:37 AM

I had same problem with my 72 350/350 tried all sorts of differnt starters and every shim combo possible. One day it was shimmed perfect, next day wasn't. Parts guy at Auto Zone had me try new starter bolts. On my old bolts the criss cross lines for extra grip were wore smooth. The newones had the criss cross grip and helped hold starter just alittle more. $9.00 and 15 minutes later worked fine and has been working fine for over a year. Wish I would have known that along time ago. I will probley never buy another starter again without buying new starter bolts to go with it.
I know this is months after your original list of the problem but hope it works for someone. Let me know if you already fixed your problem another way...  Adam  

snoopy111 snoopy111
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 04/08
Posted: 04/26/08
11:35 AM

I have had same problems. Am on my third starter. I have purchased new bolts, shimmed it up. It is ok until the engine gets to operating temp and when you go to start it again it makes all sorts of noise. I am at wits end.  It is a 1970 3/4 ton with a 350. Travis  

vinny08 vinny08
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 07/09
Posted: 07/14/09
11:19 AM

i have a 71 chevy c10 i put a new 350 in it and put a new starter on it but ive been having a problem with the starter not being shimmed right but so far its made me shim it about half in or so and its not wanting to turn ...i dont know if its to close still or what but i didnt know if there was an easier way or if i should shim it until it starts thanks for your help  

Thespecialist Thespecialist
User | Posts: 171 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 07/15/09
06:45 AM

There are different starters for auto or manual, they are slightly different, I've never had to shim and never had a problem.If you are clashing you still do not have the starter motor at the right distance from the flexplate. Some of you guys maybe having solinoid problems due to having headers too close to the starter, which will eventually distroy it due to heat. If you have a poor connection to the solinoid it will cause the armiture not to throw-out at maximum strength thus causing it to clash.  

PackRatWrecker PackRatWrecker
Enthusiast | Posts: 262 | Joined: 09/08
Posted: 07/16/09
10:13 PM

I don't recall any mention of auto vs manual, in ANY Chevy application I've checked.  I know Ford has this bizarre affliction with overcomplicating simple things like this.
The knurl on the starter bolts is important, too.
I'm running a late model(mid 90's) starter on my 402.  It's tiny, compared to the old monster that came off, but it seems to work fine.  
1949 Chevy 1 1/2ton, home-built hydraulic wrecker.  Rustoleum industrial black, with flames.  Flamethrowers out 5" dual stacks.
1962 Chevy C-20, 402BB, 4-speed, 3.90 positrack. Hauls my camper.... among other things.
Kaiser M35A Deuce, 4x4 4 wheel steering *work in progress*

Chevy_Fixer420 Chevy_Fixer420
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 04/11
Posted: 04/09/11
04:37 PM

ok i just work on one to day you CAN'T get the cheap starter becouse it starts turning befour it hit's the fly have to get the $120.00 and it will work like a "DREAM" TRUST ME that's for all chevy get the good starter are your going to put a new fly wheel in.  

Chevy_Fixer420 Chevy_Fixer420
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 04/11
Posted: 04/09/11
04:53 PM

get the starter with the stub nose. GET the one that bolt's on with the angel not strgiht acrosst it looks when your under it like there's a extra hole but for the starter. dont use the one closes to the oil pan the one ahead of the back one....

is there yellow and puppel wire's going to the starter you only need the pupple one going to the small spot closes to the oil pan or block of the motor... the Yellow wire cut it so it cant be see or untape it up to the cap were it hucks into a white or old looking wire and cut the yellow wire that's splist into the old lookin wire and hook the old wire go's to the cap to the bat spot on the cap.. the starter don't need the yellow wire..MAKE sure you have a good batery termenal's