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    SBC starter advice

    I presently have a budget priced mini size starter on my SBC (due to heat probs from exhaust ) but it gives me nothing but grief . I've shimmed it too many times to mention & it's then ok for a while but lets me down when least expected ( won't engage ). Question is are the top end of the market mini starters better or would i be better off with a full size starter, with heat shield, & hope i don't have heat probs. Any advice welcome plz .
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    No experience with mini starter Tel, but Chevy spent lots of money getting their starters right, So if you can't get the mini one to work I'd look at a std one with a good quality heat wrap (if heat is your problem).

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    I now know of 3 people that have had mini starter problems

    If it were me id go for a standerd one and try n make a heat sheild
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    From what I've heard, it's the cheap ministarters that causes trouble. Don't go for the cheap ones on Ebay and such.
    You migth try one of these from Summit Racing:

    http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

    Probably looks like the one you have, but these are not the same as the 65USD ones on Ebay.

    But then again. Starter engaging problems might be caused by other things than the starter itself.
    Have you checked that the mounting surface on the block is clean & flat? That's VERY important!

    Do you use long enough bolts without washers, and are they special made, stiff grade 8 (or stainless steel) bolts with the serrated area just above the threads and the little larger diameter area below the bolt head?

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    Have you got the small angled bracket at the front end of the starter that bolts to the block ? , they can help a lot .

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    get the mini starter and throw it at next doors cat and put a proper gm one on there and if its near the header make a heat shield out of a bit of ally just to stop it from cooking the starter
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    Dont give up on mini starters, you need to get a proper GM one as fitted to late corvettes etc
    Had one on my Elky for 4 years with no probs, completely cured heat soak issues.
    Unlikely to be a shimming problem anyway. Have you checked your ring gear for missing teeth?

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    I've got a TCI one, had no issues with it all on my big block.

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    tel as the others have said you need a quality make, I've given up with the cheap one's as they just don't last, I use the TCI jobbies, very good.

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    been have problem with china / tawain made chrome sbc mini starter twice both same problem dont matter what decide bought 3 hp mini hitachi starter from america start motor specialist company while trip to states work perfect first time
    Last edited by chopcoupe; 13-05-2009 at 14:31.

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