Your resident mechanical idiot here! So, I installed my transmission with the engine out of the car and dropped the engine/tranny in as a unit. Easy peasy. I'm now wishing I would have thought of the starter prior to doing so. The problem I now face is that I have no way of checking the pinion clearance of the starter or whether or not the pinion engages. There are basically two sets of holes you can use when mounting this powerman starter to the block. One sets it further from block and one sets it closer to the block. I've installed the starter on the set of holes closer to the block. The custom bellhousing I have came with a block plate (Weir) that basically covers all viewing/working access. This prevents me from seeing whether or not I need to change the mounting location or whether or not I need to shim the starter. Any suggestions here? Should I be worried? My buddy said he's just installed starters and without even considering the pinion clearance/engagement. I just don't want to mess anything up....i.e the starter or flywheel.