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Technical Starters that bolt up to Y block Fords

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 38fordpickup, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Y block stuff is getting hard to find in the junkyards. Any later model 12V starters that will bolt up to my '55 Ford 272 with 3 on the tree? Car has been changed to 12V.
  2. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,901


    Several people selling mini starters for Y blocks including Mummert
  3. Good to know about the mini-starter option, as the Y block starter drives like to hang up. do the mini-starters have a different drive that solves that problem?
  4. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 9,219


  5. Tedd
    Joined: Jul 7, 2007
    Posts: 124


    The starters from any 1958-1964 FE (332, 352, 390, 406, 427) will work as a direct bolt on for the Y-Block engines. Ted Eaton.
    BigChief and crminal like this.
  6. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 12,468

    jimmy six

    Remember the mini's drive from the engine side of the ring gear and the stock Fords from the rear if that matters.
  7. 6 volt starters also work well.
    Have a 6 volt unit installed in one of my 12 volt cars going on 4 years now.
    No problems.

  8. vickckik
    Joined: Dec 21, 2011
    Posts: 83


    Take apart the 6v starter. Clean and lubricate it. Reinstall it using the heavier 6v cables. I've done it on four 1955 fords over the years. Never had a failure. If you suspect the starter drive, replace it. I never experienced hangup that I recall. I would consider a mini starter if I needed clearance in a swap.
  9. Coopertough
    Joined: Jun 11, 2016
    Posts: 35


    Would this also work on my 64 f250 292 Y block with 3 speed cruisomatic? I'm having issues with the bendix starter hanging up and staying engaged I was thinking that it was a Flexplate issue but as 61-64 truck flexplates are apparently harder to find than the holy grail id love to swap starters to am fe style
  10. AldeanFan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2014
    Posts: 829


    About this time last year I bought a 12v y block starter at advance auto parts in Niagara Falls for $42,
    Guess I got lucky

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