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Block for inline or staggered started and starter options

I'm looking to upgrade my starter, I've been looking at mini starters but I'm open to suggestions. My current start is staggered bolt pattern, but I noticed my block appears to have bolts for inline as well. Any advice would be great
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This one is cheap and works great. https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Starter...53.m2749.l2649
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Staggered pattern from the factory was the 168-tooth flywheel/flexplate - straight was the 153-tooth.
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Re: Block for inline or staggered started and starter options

Most mini starters are straight pattern and work just fine. I wouldn't care which pattern it uses as long as it starts the car.

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Re: Block for inline or staggered started and starter options

if you buy a mini starter,make sure you get the correct bolts as the bolts from the "full size" starter are NOT good for a mini/PMGR starter.

I have a few of those $36 mini starters in my cars. They work work great and only weigh about 4 lbs.


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Most mini starters are straight pattern and work just fine. I wouldn't care which pattern it uses as long as it starts the car.
Will that block work with a straight pattern starter? I removed a staggered pattern starter when I pulled the motor but it appears to have a bolt pattern for both.
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if you buy a mini starter,make sure you get the correct bolts as the bolts from the "full size" starter are NOT good for a mini/PMGR starter.

I have a few of those $36 mini starters in my cars. They work work great and only weigh about 4 lbs.
What starter are you running? and where's the best place to get the correct bolts?

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Most mini starters are straight pattern and work just fine. I wouldn't care which pattern it uses as long as it starts the car.
Thats really all I'm looking for, was having a lot of issues with the prior starter so decided to junk it. But the one I pulled was a staggered bolt pattern and the block looks like it has holes to except a straight pattern. Was trying to figured that out first prior to buying a starter

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What starter are you running? and where's the best place to get the correct bolts?
Here's some bolts that will work for the above starter . https://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-OEM-Star...53.m2749.l2649
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Will that block work with a straight pattern starter? I removed a staggered pattern starter when I pulled the motor but it appears to have a bolt pattern for both.

Block will work with either straight or staggered pattern starter.

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You will have to change bolts and you will have to shim it so get a shim kit but the difference is night and day once you get it setup right.


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Here's some bolts that will work for the above starter . https://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-OEM-Star...53.m2749.l2649

Are they Metric or SAE threads?
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Re: Block for inline or staggered started and starter options

Since my block suffered a broken starter mounting ear years ago I went with the Powermaster XS series and use all 3 mounting holes. A little pricey but works great. Did not use the bolts that came with it.
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no, not SAE threads, that's fine thread. These bolts are USS coarse thread. Fine threads are not normally used in cast iron.

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