I am kinda happy this starter broke, it has been a chore and a half getting the old one off, things bolt-on easy when there is things like the header not installed
it has taken me two days to get it off, I will admit that those two days I only worked about an hour or two but still that is too long and I had to lift the front of the car up and use 7,000 extensions with 10 u-joints and the cordless impact driver to be able to turn the stud out (no way the nut was coming off without doing some dismantling
) not a job you would want to do in a parking lot someplace.
The new starter came in today, that stamp on the side better mean something as well as the higher price.
There is little hope that Ford made that and it was not made in China
Hopefully, I can get it installed tomorrow I found some stainless bolts I overlooked or I wasn't thinking, because if the exhaust studs fit the holes an exhaust manifold bolt should fit as well, and it does, I may leave the lower stud in there to make the starter a little easier to install by sliding it up on the stud and then only having to feel around to get the top bolt in there which should be aligned because of the stud, the bottom nut/stud is easy to get too.
I guess if the install happens easy enough I will know
One difference with this new starter is the solenoid wire uses a spade plug instead of a ring so I will just clip the ring off and add the spade socket.
I can't stand the car sitting there and not being able to start it (well technically I could with a good hill, I think I have that covered
) While I am messing with it I may go ahead and drain the gas out and fix the float to read properly, I would guess it needs bent down some so it will float sooner? I had at least 5 gallons of gas in there a 22-gallon tank should give me around a 1/4 on the gauge and it barely lifted so it did not take long to show empty when it wasn't.
The other thing I have been putting off is switching that rear tire out, I guess I need to see if the rear tires will come off now after all the modifications I did to the rear wheel wells.