Need some starter help - V8 Conversion with Downey Bell (1 Viewer)

thebigredrocker

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Bought my 76 FJ40 and most of the parts came in boxes. PO had purchased Downey Bell, I believe the clutch is a Centerforce. The starter PO had looks to be a stock FJ40. Will that work for my conversion and if so does anyone have pictures of how it bolts on the motor? Thanks
 
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i had to grind the bellhousing out to fit a block mounted gm starter didnt have the mini starters back then .chev also used a bellhousing mount starter back in the day i never used one in any of my conversions .you may have to grind for the mini starter also or use the bellhousing mount that fits
 

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It depends which conversion design you have, early or late. Early is a cast iron Chevy bellhousing with a 1/2" thick steel plate that adapts BH to transmission. Use a 3 bolt starter to the bellhousing like a late 60' s 1/2 ton truck. If later one-piece cast aluminum bellhousing, use starter from any mid 70's car with three vertical bolts to block. There are really only 2 possibilities. Take a picture to a knowledgeable autoparts store they know/have what you need.
 

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It is an aluminum bell. So as to be sure I am understanding correctly, the Toyota starter I have is not an option. Thanks for the sharing your knowledge.
 
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dgangle is not quite right, unless he is referring to an AA aluminum bellhousing??? Both Downey bellhousings, older cast iron and newer aluminum used the 1960's Chevy truck starter that bolts horizontally into the bellhousing. These starters are still readily available.
 

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