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Username Post: '69 Suburban starter woes.        (Topic#363735)
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Loc: Portland,Or
Reg: 12-06-09
12-23-20 09:20 PM - Post#2810646    

Here's one that gave me a surprise!
Lately my SBC starter has been sounding like a Mopar starter with the heavy metal sound while cranking. It turned heads whenever I hit the key it was so loud! A couple days ago I was in my credit union drive through teller, and turned it off to talk. When I got done it almost didn't start!! Sounded like it was trying to kick back, and metal grinding too!
This morning I figured it's cold as heck, but sunny and dry. So I climbed under to see how bad my flywheel and bendix gear on the starter were. Neither was bad at all. I got my flywheel tool and turned the flywheel 360 degrees and teeth were perfect. Took a screwdriver and caught the starter gear and pulled it out, and teeth were fine on it also. I did notice an engagement issue when pulling the bendix out though.
I grabbed a 9/16" socket to drop the starter, and the bolts were both not very snug at all! I reefed them down tight, and jumped inside to hit the key. The starter was so quiet I almost didn't hear it cranking over! Boy was I excited to know I didn't need a flywheel, or starter! Cost isn't that bad, but the work to drop the trans sure is bad!
Not sure how the bolts worked loose, but if it ever begins to sound strange again I'm going to crank on those bolts before I try anything else!
I painted the roof white since this older picture to make it a two tone version.

This old gal has been my daily driver for almost a decade now. I sold my newer Toyota 4x4 not long after I retired as I wanted to buy a newer Suburban. But during that search I ran across this old Suburban and immediately called the seller to go look at it. It was a bargain basement asking price, and a quick test drive, and I took it home.
I've owned '57, '60, '62, and '64 Suburbans. Always loved the short 2 dr '66 and earlier, and avoided these longer '67 and newer rigs. But after swapping all the seats out to have a rear seat that folds down, and unlatches to swing forward. I can put a full 4x8 sheet of plywood in the back and close the door.
So I've really fallen in love with the 3 door versions ever since I got this one.

1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350

Edited by 1971BB427 on 12-23-20 09:22 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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12-25-20 02:26 PM - Post#2810743    
    In response to 1971BB427

Nice ‘Burb. Glad it was and easy and free fix. I was blowing through starters on my El Camino and my flex plate and starter looked fine. I don’t know what the problem was, but a different flex plate and a gear reduction starter solved my problem.

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12-26-20 09:53 AM - Post#2810775    
    In response to 1971BB427

if you dont have the little bracket that goes on the end of the starter you may want to get one.

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Loc: Portland,Or
Reg: 12-06-09
12-26-20 06:53 PM - Post#2810806    
    In response to bobb

Thanks. But like most newer or rebuilt starters, mine doesn't have the stud to bolt a bracket to.

1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350

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01-02-21 07:18 AM - Post#2811173    
    In response to bobb

Nice Burb!

Glad the fix was easy for you!


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