Join Date: Feb 2002
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Ok, I am stuck!! I am about to put in my third starter in as many months in my '76 Blazer. 1st one broke the tail housing in HALF!! Second one bound and froze while engauged. Third one is working, but is sounds like it will quit at any moment. My block is a '71 350, 325hp, balanced and blueprinted. Only has about 1000 miles on it. When I had it balanced, the machine shop ordered a new flywheel for it which turned out to be about an inch larger in diameter than the stock one, but everything bolts right up. First starter was from the truck when I bought it. (no shim) Second was Schucks. (no shim) Third is NAPA. (shim across the rear) I have always thought the starter sounded loud (sorta high pitched almost grinding sound), but figured that was just the way it was. Now I am convinced there is a pattern developing. I am just sure I am doing something wrong, I couldn't have gotten three bad starters could I? The engine is timed right and runs extremely well. There isn't a "wrong" way to install a starter is there?