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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Shadetree, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. Shadetree
    Joined: Feb 7, 2003
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    Shadetree
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    from Va USA

    Hi
    What years will the starter drive, interchange for my 51 chevy with a 235, that i have swap to 12 volt, but still using the 6 volt starter???

    The reason I ask is, I checked a couple of places, that sales old chevy parts, and they ask around 50 bucks for one!!
    I also checked rockauto, and it would be about 40 for the 51, but about 10 dollars for the 55!!!
    I was thinking the drives were the same, for several years up.

    Thanks Shadetree
     
  2. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
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    49 to 53 ? 216 only and maybe the 54 235 I think the later 235s had a different tooth count on the flywheel
     
  3. Shadetree
    Joined: Feb 7, 2003
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    from Va USA

    Yeah I thought the 6 volt flywheels were different than the 12 volt flywheels. But I wonder if the starter drives were different!!
    Thanks
    Shadetree
     
  4. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
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    The 6 and 12 volt starters have differenent diameter armature shafts so the starter drives won't interchange.
     
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  5. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
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    302GMC
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    Starter drive doesn't care what the voltage is ... did you change the flywheel or something ?
     
  6. Shadetree
    Joined: Feb 7, 2003
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    from Va USA

    No it has the 6 volt type flywheel, and starter on it. And I changed it over to 12 Volt!!
    What I was asking about, was whether the starter drive was the same, for a 6 volt starter as a 12 volt?? Because my drive is going out, and the 55 chevy drive is about $40.00 cheaper then the 51 chevy starter drive.

    Shadetree
     
  7. Unsafe6
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
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    The teeth on the pre 54 drive and ring are larger and less of them on the pinion. I always change to a 55 and up 12V flywheel and starter. Wanted to keep the 6V step starter on my 53 truck and was a little shocked at a $60 price for a new bendix.
     
  8. Chebby belair
    Joined: Apr 17, 2006
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    from Australia

    Why not just leave the 6V starter where its at? I converted my 54 to 12v some 15 years ago and still no drama. When the 6V solenoid finally dies (and I'm gentle with the key), I'll put in a 12V one.
     
  9. JohnEvans
    Joined: Apr 13, 2008
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    JohnEvans
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    from Phoenix AZ

    Yes; 6 volt drives and flywheel ringgears are different from 12V. 6 V starter works quite happly on 12. Ya just got to pay the big bucks or change both starter and flywheel.
     
  10. Shadetree
    Joined: Feb 7, 2003
    Posts: 243

    Shadetree
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    from Va USA

    I know what you mean. I have run them years like that, with no trouble at all.
    But my starter drive, or something is going out, and I figured, if I was going to have to replace the drive, and have the starter out anyway, I might as well, change to a 12 volt solenoid, while I was at it.
    Thanks to all for you help
    Shadetree
     

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