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Starter Pinion Won't Reach manual transmission.

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Starter Pinion Won't Reach manual transmission.

calxen61 calxen61
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 10/13
Posted: 10/09/13
07:34 AM

I followed the post on, "Starter Pinion Won't Reach" It involved an automatic flex plate. Most conclusions are the flex plate is somehow located too far in.  I have the same problem on my 69 manual transmission motor. It is a 72 350 stroked to a 383 in my 69 corvette. All starters so far, standard fit 69 starters even the Hi Torque starters rest at about .360 from the pressure plate. Has anyone had this problem on a manual shift car? Motor runs great.


WScott WScott
New User | Posts: 40 | Joined: 03/12
Posted: 10/09/13
05:33 PM

i did, i had to change the tail stock on the starter to bring it
closer to the fly wheel, that was on a hd gm starter, i since changed
to a small high torque unit, you should be able to find a used starter
off a gm sb with a standard tranny at the wrecking yard or see if your
local auto electric shop has one or can supply you with one, i still
have mine just in case i ever needed it, oh yeah mine is for a 75 sbc
so we are talking about the same thing,  

wayne712222 wayne712222
User | Posts: 198 | Joined: 10/13
Posted: 10/09/13
10:30 PM

drop the torque converter cover...

take out the 3 torque converter bolts..

did the flex plate move forward to the proper gap..

can the torque converter spin inside the crank pilot..

can the torque converter slide freely in and out of the crank pilot area in the middle of the back of the crank???

that's why its called a flex plate..

i wish this camera view was a from a little farther back to allow me to see if the clutch pilot bushing is preventing the torque converter from fully seating in the crank...

again.. release the torque converter bolts..

does the converter slide in and out freely..



either that or somebody put the flex plate on backwards..