350 starter pinion to flywheel clearance
Hello, I have a 1970 Chevy 350 motor in my Jeep, and have put 4 different starters on it, all with the same problem. Even with no shims, the starter pinion gear does not mesh close enough with the flywheel teeth, just barely engaging the ends of the teeth. The Bendix drive extends normally, with the teeth in full contact. I have a 168 tooth flywheel (automatic transmission flex plate), and a 9 tooth pinion. I have tried both offset and straight bolt starters, with the same results. I guess I could mill down the mounting face on the starter nose, but there has got to be a better solution. Thanks, Zeke.