7/16 starter bolts

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dstang97

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just wonder if anyone had luck drilling out their starter and running 7/16 bolts for their starter. i really wish people knew how to work on these trucks instead of throwing Chinese junk starters on them and not run the rear bracket. I tapped the block and ran engine mount bolts in its place. Seems to be really tight with the oem starter and bracket. I guess if it does not work I’m only out a nose cone.
 

Barrman

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Stock GM metric starter bolts are available. I get mine from amazon normally.

I’m not really sure what you are asking for.
 

dstang97

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Stock GM metric starter bolts are available. I get mine from amazon normally.

I’m not really sure what you are asking for.
stock starter bolts won’t work because my holes are too big because the previous owner did not use the starter bracket
 

cucvmule

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There is another option.

6.2 Engine blocks do not have a robust reputation. The best blocks are 1982 red blocks. But the heads are one year specific because of injector threads.

I like Detroits but the 6.2 has to be the most crack prone of them all. I would not even consider that a repair but a place and time to leave you stranded. My best advice is to acquire another engine block or engine and move on with life.
 

cucvmule

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I bought an 84 Blazer that had a similar problem though not as bad as that. Holed out and cracked length ways. I used a nut and bolt like what you had and drove the K5 for years before the compression went away. I got plenty of use out of that 800.00 bucks.
 

dstang97

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There is another option.

6.2 Engine blocks do not have a robust reputation. The best blocks are 1982 red blocks. But the heads are one year specific because of injector threads.

I like Detroits but the 6.2 has to be the most crack prone of them all. I would not even consider that a repair but a place and time to leave you stranded. My best advice is to acquire another engine block or engine and move on with life.
I”m taking bets at this point
 

cucvrus

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I have a few blocks if you get in a bind. But I have pulled 2 engines that had similar starter bolt issues and put them on the engine stand and took them to a local welder/machine shop and they fixed them for me. Cost was $250. one time and $200. the next time. IMHO well worth it. I bought the trucks with the starter issues from DRMO back in the late 90's and they had low mileage and only problem I found was the starter issue. Good Luck. Be Safe.
 

dstang97

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I have a few blocks if you get in a bind. But I have pulled 2 engines that had similar starter bolt issues and put them on the engine stand and took them to a local welder/machine shop and they fixed them for me. Cost was $250. one time and $200. the next time. IMHO well worth it. I bought the trucks with the starter issues from DRMO back in the late 90's and they had low mileage and only problem I found was the starter issue. Good Luck. Be Safe.
Oh yeah that’s a great price to fix them. Thanks for the offer on the blocks. This motor actually ran great and I just couldn’t let it go. I just didn’t have the heart to scrap it in. Worse comes to worse I need a new nose cone for the starter. I think this will be going into a dedicated 4wheeling rig. So not worried about it. But if I did put it in one of my nice trucks I’m confident this would have held up. It’s very tight and true.
 
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