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Hot Rods Flathead starter problem

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by metaldave, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. metaldave
    Joined: Aug 27, 2011
    Posts: 81

    from michigan

    Dear experts, I have a late flathead attached to a 39 trans with a late truck bell housing. I have a new 12 v starter . When I engage the starter the bendix locks up against the flywheel. I am using the flywheel from the truck. Is it the bendix? are their different ring gears? Am I missing some kind of spacer? How should the bendix be lubed? How can you tell if it is bad ? Thanks in advance for any help. Dave
  2. V8 Bob
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 2,652

    V8 Bob

    What starter plate are you using? It should have a flat starter pad relative to the plate, not angled.
  3. lodaddyo
    Joined: May 5, 2002
    Posts: 1,194


    Is it the new style bendix? I heard there were some clearance problems when using the new style bendix. Its larger than the old style
  4. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,959

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Replace the Bendix----Old time remedy

  5. Check the starter shaft for 100% straightness, little bent----big problem.

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