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79 pinto wagon starter removal UGH!!!! Help!
« on: October 24, 2011, 09:08:20 PM »
  Can anyone please help me with pics or a how to?  Just got a 79 pinto wagon barn find with 39000 miles and a 2.8 automatic.  The starter needs replaced, and I can't seem to find a way to get it out now that the bolts are removed?  Do I need to lift the entire engine?  Any help GREATLY appreciated... Everything in car is bone stock.

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Re: 79 pinto wagon starter removal UGH!!!! Help!
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011, 09:24:42 PM »
You need to unbolt the steering rack and pull it out of the way.
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Re: 79 pinto wagon starter removal UGH!!!! Help!
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2011, 09:40:51 PM »
THANK YOU!!!!!

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Re: 79 pinto wagon starter removal UGH!!!! Help!
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2011, 09:49:44 PM »
no need to disconnect the powersteering line or tie rods. Those can stay connected and rack can just swing forward and down.
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Re: 79 pinto wagon starter removal UGH!!!! Help!
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2011, 10:18:45 AM »
Yep, just pull those 2 bolts.  I tried doing my starter in a driveway - wasn't going to happen.  Once the rack is out, you can use a long extension and have perfect access to all 3 bolts and the starter will come out straight towards the front.
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Re: 79 pinto wagon starter removal UGH!!!! Help!
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2011, 01:54:15 PM »
Use a good impact wrench on theose rack bolts - they are held on with like 100ft/lbs of torque + rust...
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Re: 79 pinto wagon starter removal UGH!!!! Help!
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2011, 03:19:43 PM »
Spray them with some PB Blaster first and let it soak.  I'm pretty sure I used a pipe on a 3/4" drive ratchet to get mine off.
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