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Starter Issues
Don't know what kind of block Don sold me but I have burned out
another starter. That averages one starter per year. And this engine
fires right up at the turn of the key. The first in the "series" was an
inexpensive average starter, the second was a Powermaster from
Summit Racing. Not a slouch starter. This time I ordered another
Powermaster , the XS Torque series. We will see.


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What is your initial timing set at?

I think 8 but will have to check.


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I have had good luck with starters. I am also running a Cleveland. I have had 3 different sets of headers and no issues.

Do you have a good ground to the engine?

73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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Heat kills starters, make sure your exhaust isn't leaking onto the starter. You may need to add a heat shield if your exhaust system runs too close to the starter.

Low voltage at the starter will also overwork and over heat the starter. Make sure your positive cables and solenoid are in good condition, and as will e said, your grounding.

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
+1 on heat wrap, I killed a starter on my first mustang with headers and have since ran heat blankets on my starters with no issues.
I've never killed a reman stock starter in any of my Mustangs, even with headers.

really check your engine ground wire, that is the neg battery cable, sand the contact between the wire loop to the engine so the ground is really solid. i would sand the contact under the voltage regulator as well, make sure you have a solid body ground.
I had a starter issue when I swapped in a 1969 M code 351W into my 1972 coupe. The starter would only last for a short time. I switched to this style:
have had it for about six months and not issues. I think you need a different version for the 351C, but the Powermaster is very similar to what I got. It looks like it might even be a little better.
When we removed the old starter this fell on the ground.
Could be a problem.



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