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Old 10-14-2011, 07:48 AM
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I'm new to this site and I gotta tell ya, I've learned alot from here already.. I just bought '88 formula with 2-454's. The starboard starter soleniod operates when it feels like it (I've had to "persuade" it to engage a couple times), but it now has lived its life out. I was able to get the starter out, but it wasn't wasy and I had gravity on my side. Do I have to pull engine out enough to get new starter in? I'm sure some of you have had to do this and may know some tricks. Thanks!!
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:15 AM
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I'm new to this site and I gotta tell ya, I've learned alot from here already.. I just bought '88 formula with 2-454's. The starboard starter soleniod operates when it feels like it (I've had to "persuade" it to engage a couple times), but it now has lived its life out. I was able to get the starter out, but it wasn't wasy and I had gravity on my side. Do I have to pull engine out enough to get new starter in? I'm sure some of you have had to do this and may know some tricks. Thanks!!
I took the bolts to a machine shop and had some made with a long hex, 3 inches maybe.
Made it way easier to get bolt started by hand and then tools attached.
Still a pain to get the starter lined up to the housing though.
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some of the old bigblocks have another solenoid, mounted above the fuel pump, I would try that 1st
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:44 AM
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some of the old bigblocks have another solenoid, mounted above the fuel pump, I would try that 1st
Thanks guys.... I did see soleniod above fuel pump and had already checked that. Getting voltage to starter soleniod.. Thanks
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:51 AM
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Run a string down the side of the block and loop it around the starter. Have someone hold it - move it up and down - makes it a helluva lot easier... once the bolts are in - unloop string and move on....
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:46 AM
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String or strap sounds like a great idea.. I feel for the people that work on boats.. Racing front engine dragsters were much easier to work on..
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Oh it works .. done it for yrs.... Sea water pumps on a 36 NorTech w/ 850SCI's suck also ... :-)
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Actually The Easiest Way And The Fastest Way On That Formula Is Just Pull The Engine
It Only Takes About A Hour To Get It Ready To Lift
It Is The Easiest Way
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