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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 19, 4:21 PM Thread Starter
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1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

I am trying to verify if big blocks came with the starter heat shield in 1972. I do not see them shown in the AIM. Can anyone confirm for sure if they still had them in '72?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 19, 6:30 PM
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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

Don't have a '72 AIM, but I can't imagine the logic of developing something necessary and then deciding to cancel it. It was an issue with big blocks. The problem I've got is a header tube that runs less than a finger's width around the solenoid, not allowing the use of the shield. The beauty of headers, is they heat up quick, and they cool down quick, but in the meantime the solenoid retains that heat and it remains to be seen if I'm going to have a problem.
I'd study the AIM a little closer and review each section under L34, LS5 and LS3.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 19, 8:17 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

As I mentioned in my first post, I do not see any mention of the heat shield in the 72 AIM. I am curious if they are shown in the 70 or 71 AIM (I do not have either of those). Could someone with one of those manuals check?

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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

If it was a stock item, I would imagen that it would be part of the engine build up and not part of the chassis buildup.
I'll look at my 70 AIM tonight and report back later.

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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

Definitely not part of the engine assembly. Need to connect all the starter wiring first.
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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

70 AIM shows heat shield - #3954224
GM parts book shows same number (3954224) to fit the following and defines it as "Shield, solenoid (stainless steel)
69 All (396, 427) ( exc. T.H. 400)
70 All (396, 400, 454)
71 Camaro (400)
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 19, 3:09 PM
 
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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

We are restoring a 72 LS5, I was told by someone who has a survivor car that it doesnt have one and he hasn't see one but I dont have documentation for this and I myself would like to know for sure. My customer want to get the car judged and I hope to have all the answers. Any help would be great. Thanks
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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

Dale, Were in the AIM did you find it? I looked through my book and couldn't find it.
Found this last night on the Bay. I personally think it's a bit overpriced for a piece of sheet metal.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/69-70-Camar...c7a7%7Ciid%3A1

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Dale, Were in the AIM did you find it? I looked through my book and couldn't find it.
Found this last night on the Bay. I personally think it's a bit overpriced for a piece of sheet metal.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/69-70-Camar...c7a7%7Ciid%3A1
1970 AIM - UPC L34/LS3, sheet A10. Since it isn't shown in the 1972 AIM nor in the parts book, I wouldn't spend $1K for something designed for a 70.

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 19, 8:43 PM
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1970 AIM - UPC L34/LS3, sheet A10. Since it isn't shown in the 1972 AIM nor in the parts book, I wouldn't spend $1K for something designed for a 70.


Well, so it is. I even had the page dog eared. I'm with you...Not spending that kind of money. There's other options available to prevent the starter from getting heat soaked.

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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

I think this is a repop of the same part number made in stainless steel. $62.00 I can't tell you if they came as original equipment on a 72 Chevelle.

https://www.rickscamaros.com/camaro-...1967-1969.html

"Manufactured in stainless steel as original in the USA. Technically correct reproduction starter heat shield found on all big blocks (GM# 3954224). For the demanding restorer."
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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

Found another here for $38.00 but doesn't say stainless steel.

https://www.classicmuscle.com/bb-correct
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1970 AIM - UPC L34/LS3, sheet A10. Since it isn't shown in the 1972 AIM nor in the parts book, I wouldn't spend $1K for something designed for a 70.
Is 6485252 shown in the 72 parts book? GM Wiki shows 6485244 discontinued, use 6485252.

It may be listed in the chassis manual.
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Re: 1972 Big Block Starter Shield?

The part number shown for the solenoid heat shield in my Chevrolet parts catalog is #361443 - in group 2.104. It's listed as Chevelle w/Sp. H/per. (454)

Section 2 page 5

Interestingly, on a side note... Apparently, in April of 1983 the cost was $6.55 according to the book.

Summit and Jeg's both show one for less than $20.00. It is not stainless steel but, it references this GM number.
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The part number shown for the solenoid heat shield in my Chevrolet parts catalog is #361443 - in group 2.104. It's listed as Chevelle w/Sp. H/per. (454)

Section 2 page 5

Interestingly, on a side note... Apparently, in April of 1983 the cost was $6.55 according to the book.

Summit and Jeg's both show one for less than $20.00. It is not stainless steel but, it references this GM number.
The starter shield you are looking at is a superseded part. #361443 was different than the original and was not stainless. Your catalog is from 1983 so there is probably a lot of superseded part numbers.
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