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Re: Best starter for 1970 Chevelle SS 396
Perhaps a moderator will move this to "Electrical".
I've rebuilt more than my share of old-style 10-MT starters. I have a parts cabinet filled with brushes, shift-forks, bushings, leather washers, etc. I suggest the 5-roller starter drives rather than the cheaper 4-roller units supplied in "rebuild kits". Rebuild kits also don't come with the shift forks, and the shift forks are always worn. Either buy another, or weld 'n' grind the fork where it wears on the drive.
Might as well open-up the solenoid, and polish the copper disc and copper contacts, too. Don't break the phenolic cap on the solenoid.
Having said all that, as soon as it warms-up a few degrees, I'm going to drop the 10-MT on my pickup, and install a PG-260 "Delco Mini-Starter". Mine's a rebuilt Delco, not a Communist knock-off. Yes, I'll use the PG-specific knurled starter bolts. Ordinary knurled bolts don't fit the starter housing properly. And if I like the mini-starter, the 'Camino will get one, too.
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