HI to all> I have recently joint and am in need of HELP! Please!!!! I have my own shop here in colorado and have a question on a customers 1970 Mustang boss 302 clone. He just purchased the car and does not know history. The original problem was when you start it , the starter would sometimes grind unless you push the car and dump the clutch to rotate the engine. We inspected the flywheel and found hardly any teeth left. After removing the trans and replacing the flywheel with a NAPA replacment 157 tooth flywheel, he also wanted to upgrade the starter to a gear reduction type to help with heat problems from the headers.
We tried 4 different starters, from 2 different manufactures,they all stay engaged unless shimmed out, then they are too far and won't engage. We tried an o.e. type replacment for a 1970 w/302 manual transmission. The nose of the starter hits the flywheel teeth and you have to force the starter down with bolts. (definitly not right). We put his original starter back in and it will start but is starting to do the same thing as before after working for about 10 starts.
I have the following numbers off the car, any advice is greatly appreciated.
Bellhousing #c5da-6394-a, Trans # RUG M2 with case # c8ar-7006-d w 2, original flywheel # rf-e1zr6380-aza.