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302 starter removal
« on: March 14, 2013, 02:46:46 PM »
Anybody got any suggestions on the starter removal and install of a new starter on a 302 1979 Pinto? This is going to be fun. No room to drop it out.

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Re: 302 starter removal
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2013, 03:25:15 PM »
i had to unbolt my steering rack and motor mount and steel frame mount on my 351 pinto ...no big deal just a lot of work ...

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2013, 03:30:33 PM »
Was just looking at the starter, looks like if I pull the motor mount I might be able to do it. Thinking about installing a mini-starter.

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Re: 302 starter removal
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2013, 04:44:23 PM »
Right now if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But its a good idea to look into the hows and whys.

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Re: 302 starter removal
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2013, 04:50:00 PM »
LOL, not broke yet. Pinto has been sitting for 7 years, the starter looks like a round tube of rust. It turns over barely enough to start the car. I cleaned all the grounds, adjusted timing and it still barely turns over the 302 engine.

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Re: 302 starter removal
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2013, 08:50:22 PM »
No two ways about it, in order to pull the starter you will  have to drop the steering rack, there is no other way...As for dropping the motor mount I doubt it just drop the rack....And while your at it , if the rag joint is still(????) there change it out for a new one and up date the bushings for the steering rack, your car will love you for the changes

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Re: 302 starter removal
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2013, 10:28:28 AM »
Talking bad words to it as you
work on it seems to help immensely.

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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2013, 10:46:06 AM »
I put a mini starter on my 76 w/302- C4 I can take it off and put back on with no issues.
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2013, 05:28:36 PM »
@racer99, yeah I did say a few, still sat there and looked at me..lol

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Re: 302 starter removal
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2013, 08:41:29 PM »
My 72 has less clearance & pulling the right motor mount is all I have to do , to remove/install.

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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2013, 02:04:06 AM »
I have to remove the engine mount, frame mount and jack the engine up just a little on my 80 wagon. Not too terribly bad but a bit of a pain. That's why a new one went back in.

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Re: 302 starter removal
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2013, 05:51:00 AM »
I think I can get if I do the same, remove the whole motor mount and jack it up a bit.