yeah, can't find a manual with shimming mentioned, therefore, can't find a clearance spec with the pinion engaged either, but I still have the old starter, I will light up the solenoid, hold it there and measure the gear teeth clearances, and go from there. Overall a pretty good rebuilt starter, I took it apart, it has needle bearings instead of bronze bushings, armature and stator windings look brand new, also looks like a fresh mill-cut has been taken off the mounting surface, which would explain the need for a shim. Other option is using the nose piece off the original starter, just swap out all the inside goodies, nothing is wrong with the original nose piece. By the time I priced out a new solenoid, bearings, drive, brushes, it was much cheaper to get the top-priced rebuild, which came with a warrantee.. they even let me pull it apart before I bought it to see if it has needle bearings instead for bushings.. Mike
1993 Bonneville SE, frame off resto in progress, will be stock except painted black & chrome t-stars, estimated finish date - spring 2009.
Cars in my "fleet": the bonny project, the bonny parts car, 1999 Olds eighty-eight LS anniversary, 2004 chrys T & C.
Husband, father of two daughters, deer hunter and lover of most things GM, (although I do like my Chrysler minivan) - but nothing comes before my girls..
I'd much rather go home after work and be with my family than do anything else..