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I put my engine together and got it up and running about a month ago. Since then I have been doing body work and other things. I decided to start it up and let it run since it hasn't been running in a while. Starter was grinding so I stopped and got underneath to take a look.

One of the bolts was loose so I went to tighten it up. It met a little resistance and then it stripped. I have the correct starter bolts and the starter was working fine when I installed it a month ago. It has maybe 5 starts on it since installed.

What did I do wrong? And what do I do now?

It is a 400 block that is only drilled for the staggered bolt. Is this something that can be fixed in the car? Or does the motor have to come out? Can this be helicoiled? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Heli-coil. Can be done in the car.

Good Luck!
Jim Smith
 

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Check with your machine shop. They should have a thread insert that is a bit stronger than a Heli-Coil.

Either way it can be done in the car.:yes: Just fun on your back with the headers and cross member in the way.:rolleyes:
 
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