i am working on an older ford.the motor is an 352,which has been mildly
built up.i would like to replace the starter with a newer and stronger
one.i am unsure of what year and engine size to look for,ie.360,390 or
427.any information would be greatly appricated. thanks.
For many years a Ford starter, was a Ford starter, was a Ford starter. They
almost all interchangable. I'm assuming yours is the standard issue (single
bolts, and the gear pushes out toward the flywheel). There was a 2 bolt mounting
variation for some applications. Some ancient 352's had a drive gear that was
in to the flywheel, toward the starter. In the late 70s they used a "GM" like
with a solenoid mounted on the front housing on some cars. In the late 80s there
the small higher torque mini starters in use today. Your 352, and all other FE
used the standard starter. They were long gone when the modern starters came to
You "might" be able to match your starter up to a modern mini starter, I've
tried. Pay close attention to the front housing (snout) depth, bolt pattern,
gear depth, and the number of teeth on the drive gear (Bendix). You will have to
rewire the starter circuit slightly if you get this far.
There are aftermarket high torque (gear reduction) starters available. A quick
in the Summit Racing catalog found this one Powermaster PWM-9506 on page 84.
Good Luck, Tom Adkins
What kind of car is your 352 in? I'm currently restoring a 1966 7 Litre. (428,
speed Galaxie XL).
tom,thanks for the info. however,i am on a strict budget. its an 64 galaxie
500,andthe cost of parts are high.thats why i would like to just use an
differnt starter.and keep my cost down.they can be rebuilt and beefed
up,but this is also costly and time consuming.is that the origianl motor
in your 66?
Well, There really isn't a "different" starter available for a direct swap.
starters were pretty much all the same during the 60s. Why do you want to
Are you having starting issues? I quality rebuilt should do everything you need
do unless the engine is highly modified. BTW. The 64 Galaxie is one of my
body styles. I had a red 390 XL some years ago.
Yes, It's original.The 428 is a 7.0 liter engine. Red with black interior. The 7
was a separate model from the Galaxie, Galaxie XL, etc in 66 and an option
67. They didn't sell well because they cost more than an XL with the same specs.
(Without the 7 Litre badges). I wouldn't call it a Rare car, just uncommon.
this site: http://www.wctatel.net/web/crye/7litre.htm
Not many good pictures but it's the best 7 Litre site I've found.
Yeah, I guess you're right about that one. I've actually never seen a 4 speed
convertible 7 Litre. I've seen some pics though.
In the last 20 years I've stumbled upon, and bought 3 hardtops (one auto and
4speed, within 15 miles of my home. Maybe I should have said that until
although "rare", they weren't highly sought after by collectors. The one I have
complete and in really good condition with normal wear and tear.(Faded paint,
carpet, torn headliner, etc). Got it for $1000 and drove it for 6 months before
starting the resto.
Speaking of unusual cars. I've got a 1984 Linciln MK VII with a Steyr 2.4L
turbodiesel in storage. I almost choked when I opened the hood. I'm going to
the air springs this spring and drive it for the summer. There's rumor of a 5
option, but try and find even one! :)
tom,thanks for the help.i found an replacement starter though carquest.its
not exactly what iwanted.but i will take a chance that it will work.the
reason for a starter change is that im in iowa and the cold weather plays
a major part in moving the car around.the starter i found will also fit
the 406 and 427,however i have yet to see an 406.iwould like to see more
pics of the 7liter when it is done. jack
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