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    Tom Parsons
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    SB400, Bill Thomas modified FI with 57 airbox, 60-62 suspension with HD brakes
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  1. handmedown'61
    06-11-2017 12:34 PM

    Good morning. I have a dilemma and I am hoping you have the answer I need. I am rebuilding a '61 vette that my Dad gave me 12 years ago and I am close to being done. I went to install the starter and realized that I am using the wrong bellhousing for a 61. I have a 621 housing installed with the original 168 tooth flywheel. I have since learned that I should have a 553 housing. When my Dad gave me the car, that is the bellhousing he gave me. The obvious choice is to install the correct bellhousing, but as the motor and trans are already installed and cheapest decent quality 553 out there is about $500, I'm hoping there is a block mounted started that can be used until I get the right bellhousing. I am surprising my Dad by giving him the car back next month (July 21st) so I am hoping to get it started as quickly as I can. Any advice you can offer would be appreciated. The motor I am using ( until the original is rebuilt) is a 350, casting 3970010.


  2. Ktholin
    06-07-2017 03:03 AM
    Thanks, Tom. No problem.
  3. 06-06-2017 01:35 PM
    I do not rebuild the 53-55 rears. Except for the pinion gear (it's an open drive shaft style), these rears are a copy of the 49-54 pass car rears. Parts are basically impossible to find for them and I just do not want to spend the time nor hassle trying to get one put together. Sorry, I know that is not what you wanted to know.
  4. Ktholin
    06-06-2017 11:36 AM
    Tom, Do you have experience rebuilding 53-55 differential. I'm ready to reassemble mine, but am not sure how difficult this will be. Others have told me to take it to an expert, but they do not have experience in rebuilding these. Thanks. Keith
  5. bucharli
    09-12-2016 09:56 PM
    me too. I have some ideas, including helicoil. just here picking brains of the experienced people. I have a gear reduction in it now. I am trying to restore it to perfect and am making good ground. I had the head welded and I retapped the intake hole and had success. I don't want to pull the motor so I was looking for an easier alternative. I still think I can make it work.
  6. 09-12-2016 09:47 PM
    The ONLY way I know for you to use a starter with a straight bolt pattern is one of the aftermarket starters that has 4 straight holes which permits using it for a 153 or 168 teeth flywheel.
    Personally, myself, if it can be done, I'd try to helicoil the third hole. BUUUUUUUUUUUT, since it has been tapped out to a larger thread size, that may not be possible. I hate it when things like that get butchered up!
  7. bucharli
    09-12-2016 07:35 PM
    hi, I was referred to you with this question.
    my 69 350/300 has 2 bolt patterns for starters. the 2 straight pattern holes are good. the offset was butchered and tapped larger. I have a 168 tooth wheel in the car and am running a hamburger starter. I want to know how I can run a straight pattern starter. I have a 153 tooth flywheel on the shelf also.
  8. 04-15-2016 12:59 PM
    The SACC organization is 53-62 Corvettes ONLY.
    Unlike NCRS, which acknowledges original, correct, numbers matching cars, the SACC organization recoginzes ANY and ALL 53-62 corvettes, stock, original, slightly modified, customized and hard core race modified 53-62 Corvettes.
    In your local area, the SACC chapter is the Red River chapter. Tom Lainson is the chapter president. [email protected]
    The Red River chapter includes North Texas and Okla.
  9. 59BlueSilver
    04-14-2016 10:14 PM
    No, Tom, just never got around to joining yet. Why?
  10. 04-14-2016 01:49 PM
    Ar you a SACC member?
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