What starter fits with Doug's Headers?

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  1. steve78LT

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    Installed a set of Doug's D326 Headers. Fit great, look great - no complaints. The Delco starter is too long and the back of it hits a tube, so I bought a generic mini starter from Summit but that didn't fit either. Clocked it in every position available, but the problem is its too long. Before I just keep guessing, I'm hoping somebody else is running Doug's like mine and can tell me what starter worked for you.

    For what its worth the Delco starter measures 8" from the centerline of the forward bolt hole to the back of the case, and the Summit starter measures 7-1/2".
     
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    The Hitachi style starters are 7" overall length. Not sure if that's helpful
     
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    Adding to this in case somebody else has the same problem. Here's the Summit 829105 installed. Header flange is not bolted to the block.
    I've got an old USA Industries starter that measures 6 7/8" and fits great, but its for a 153 tooth, not a 168 tooth. USA Industries is out of business though.
    Spoke to Summit, and they tell me the Powermaster 9112 is the right length and for a 168 tooth flexplate, so that's on its way. I'll post whether it fits or not.
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    Powermaster 9112 showed up today. Haven't shimmed it or anything yet, but from the initial test-fit it went in like a glove. 6.27" from center of the forward bolt hole to the back of the case. Says it'll handle up to 11:1 but my motor is probably around 9:1 or so. Out of the box, the solenoid is straight up which hits the block, but the mounting boss is drilled with 12 holes so you can clock it in 5 degree increments. 20200910_185632.jpg 20200910_191112.jpg
     
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    Looks good. You can also always go to a Ford-Style remote solenoid setup.
     
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    Starts great. I haven't got any street time on the motor yet, but so far, I'd recommend this.
     
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    I would put a Moroso heat shield as well.
     
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    I would use the third bolt as well!
     

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