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    Ok I have a bbc in my 19' nordic picklefork. The starter is crap and to get it off I gotta pull the motor. Is there a bellhousing for a top mount starter? or does someone make a kit for it?

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    Lightning has one a very nice set-up too.

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    Talk to Jack at MPD, He has a top mount kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saab View Post
    Ok I have a bbc in my 19' nordic picklefork. The starter is crap and to get it off I gotta pull the motor. Is there a bellhousing for a top mount starter? or does someone make a kit for it?
    The answer is...It's custom. You either make it or have it made. $$$ or tools...and tools are $$$...don't mean to be a smart ass, but...


    There are reverse rotate starters that mount on top, just have to modify the housing a bit. OK, a bit more than that, not too much for a weekend without a honey-do list. Actually I like the top mount starters, jets are hard on them so they are easier to get to. I have pics somewhere, I'll post them up soon...

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    I think I found what I need, dana marine should be able to hook it up...



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    I have the lightning setup. works great.

    On the tunnel hulls, theengine sits so low and there is no room for the starter. actually had mine wear a hole in the boat from vibration. switched to top mount.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by billet racing View Post
    I have the lightning setup. works great.

    On the tunnel hulls, theengine sits so low and there is no room for the starter. actually had mine wear a hole in the boat from vibration. switched to top mount.

    Jerry
    that was my other concern.... there is some evidence of it hitting.... its maybe an 1/8" away from the bottom.... think the top mount is the answer....and if i need to replace this ever again Im gonna kick my own ass for not changing it

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    Go with the lightning setup its way nicer than the one you are looking at. Then get a motor with some HP for that thing so you can keep up with your brother.

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    I dont need a bigger motor... he needs a bigger foot to run away and make it stop shootin ducks... but he is gettin the blower figured out now... so maybe he will throw some numbers this year

    Anyone have a link to the lightning one? their website looks like its a beta or sumthin.... whats the cost on it? The one from dana is about $600. with the high torque starter... I guess on my 9:1 468 I dont need High torque... but ya never know when I will come across a high comression deal. or does someone have a used one they wanna sell? I wanna get this thing back together for a shakedown run before I spend a house payment too tow it to the river.

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    There are a couple of bellhousings available depending on mounting config for around $300. Std Top mt high torque starter is about $215.

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    http://www.boatheaders.com/ That should do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJD View Post
    http://www.boatheaders.com/ That should do it.
    Thats where I looked but there arent any cool pictures... guess Ill have to call em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saab View Post
    Thats where I looked but there arent any cool pictures... guess Ill have to call em.
    Do you have a rail kit now? What does your back plate and bellhousing look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJD View Post
    Do you have a rail kit now? What does your back plate and bellhousing look like?
    I have a small rail kit, it just supports the motor. The front has a piece of 1/2" plate and the rear has bellhousing with 6 bolts, the 6 bolts attach to a plate that goes to the rail kit. It basically looks like the bellhousing I pictured above with the top mount, but no mount Id take pics but the damn camera threw a mutany... time for a new one I guess.... but I need boat parts!

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