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1971 GMC Sierra 3Speed Starter Issue

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My dad in law has a 1971 GMC Sierra with a 350ci and turbo350 3speed trans. For as long as he has owned the truck the starter has made an awful grinding noise at start. The truck will start and runs fine but man it hurts your ears to crank it.


We’ve removed and added shims to try to resolve it and bought a “new” starter that the local shop swore was the right one for it, but it doesn’t help the issue. From some short research it seems that GM had several starters for this year model for some reason. 

If anyone can help us find the right part number for the correct starter or any other possible answers, we would greatly appreciate it




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