Team Chevelle banner

Starter / Flexplate

1103 Views 7 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  LeoP
I have a 1975 Mark IV 454 that I have just rebuilt, when I purchased it, it did not have a flexplate. From what I can find everything shows that it takes a 168 tooth flexplate. So I purchased 2 just to see if the flexplate is the problem. Funny thing is the one I bought local and the Pioneer brand from Summit are the same flexplate. My problem is when I activate the starter the gear comes out and does not disengage and go back when I unhook the power. I have 6 shims and they make no difference. It seems I have to back off both attachment bolts at least 1/4" and hold the back of the starter up to get it to release. I'm reading there is also a 153 tooth flexplate. Might anyone else have had this issue? Does anyone know if the less tooth flexplate is the solution to my dilemma? Thanks in advance as you guys are always great with knowledge and info.
1 - 1 of 8 Posts
This might help you. When aligning a starter/flexplate and checking engagement, I like to start a video on my spartphone and lay it directly underneath the starter so the camera lens is looking straight up and filming where the starter and flexplate engage. This may take a try or two to get right. Then I go to start the car. Then watch the video back in slomo so I can see exactly what’s happening. Make adjustments as needed. This helped a few times. Any iPhone made in the last few years will have enough definition to do this well. Just an idea. Good luck.
  • Like
Reactions: 1
1 - 1 of 8 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.