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Starter / flywheel clearance

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I just purchased a new flywheel for my conversion from auto to manual.

I'm also planning on switching from the large and heavy OEM starter to a smaller high torque aftermarket style starter.

Does anyone have any tricks to measuring the clearances between the starter and flywheel on a 351W? Since I will eventually have the transmission out and manual bell housing installed, is it possible to access from the opening in the bell housing before installing the clutch?

The GM set up is easy since the starter is bolted to the block and the bell housing can be removed.

I've seen where some use the "paint method" similar to using gear mesh compound when setting up ring & pinions in a differential. I would prefer to get an actual measurement if possible.


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