I hope I don't have to drop the transmission to get this stupid starter out. What could have caused the starter to get that jammed in there? If I drop the trans, a Tremec 3550 going back in in place of the T-5.
Might as well make it worth the trouble.
Likely the reason it's jammed in there is that the drive has come apart and is wedged on the back side of the ring gear. Get some help here and put a pry between the mounting surface and the starter and try to turn the crank by putting a socket on the front of the crank. You also may need to pull the inspection cover off from the bottom of the bellhousing and use the teeth to move the flywheel. This is a bitch but it can be removed with patience.
Just FYI, pulling the trans will not nessessarily be a solution either. The bellhousing won't come loose from the block until the trans is out of the bellhousing, the clutch is removed from the flywheel, and the flywheel is removed, all from the inspection cover underneath and through the center hole in the back of the bellhousing. This is because of the thin plate between the block and the bellhousing. This plate is between the starter and the bellhousing. If it comes to that, the starter, bellhousing, the flywheel and that plate will all have to come out together.
Love hard, drive fast, wear your seat belt.
PS, thats's my 'bird...... My Mustang is too ugly to take pictures of yet........*G*.
That definately would make removing tricky-the spacer plate etc.I wonder, didn't you say you had already broken an ear off of starter? Could you possibly remove the outer half of starter shell and separate it from the nose cone, the brushes and stuff would go flying, but if the core is already ruined..you might be able to gain some access in there and wrench the shaft and drive free.I just can't remember how everything attaches, so this may not be possible, just a thought, hope this never happens with my 390 !
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Try removing the inspection cover on the rear of the starter and turning the armature if you can to get the Bendix drive loose. I think you can also remove the long bolts that hold the starter together from the rear to take as much of is off as you can. Be careful if you wish to pry because you could damage the bell housing. Take as much off as you can and then tap around with a small rubber mallet or ball peen hammer. Could be a damaged ring gear too. Let's hope not!