Starter mesh with flywheel problem
Friends truck brought to me with the tranny and t-case removed. 460 motor and a 4 speed. Old flywheel was chewed up and replaced. 180 tooth Still the starter engagement was not right. Found a cracked bell housing and replaced, dowel pins are in place. New starter from Ford , no change. Ended up removing the sheet metal plate between the bell housing and block. Now the starter will contact the full width of the flywheel teeth but not go deep enough for good gear mesh. Maybe an 1/8th in deep into the gears. Seems like the starter needs to move inward towards the rotating assembly. Do not want to chew up a new flywheel. Any idea's?