Join Date: Dec 1998
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
How do you get a starter to engage just right?
I've got a 65 Elky with a 700R4. The flexplate appears to be in good condition, but won't be for long.
I stuck a modern GM starter (like a 95 truck) on the 1987 small block.
The starter has always had problems engaging. I messed with shims quite a bit. recently I was moving the car around and the starter stuck to the flex to the flex plate and made a huge squeeling grinding sound. I may have gotten some dirt in it as I drove over a gravel driveway.
Now I can not turn it over without major noise.
This is an ongoing issue: I start the car, let go of the starter, but the starter stays stuck to the flex plate. I added a .060 shim which seemed to be decent but never perfect. If I add any more shims the whole thing just grinds and slips.
I'm looking at the starter right now, gear stuck to the flex plate. The teeth are not fully engaged (all the way into the flex plate) The angle does not seem right (gears not fully parallel).
Any ideas on the best way to set this up?
Should the teeth on each side fully engage (deeply) or just barely touch?
The starter housing is really close the the flex plate, maybe I should grind it off a bit so I can get closer?
#'s 67 SS
65 TPI / 700R4 El Camino