The two bolts that go to the bell housing - don't remove them completely, just back off so they clear the bellhousing. The whole darn shooting match will fall apart in your hands if you remove them.
Holding the starter at the front and supporting it at the back, tip it toward the oil pan and try again. The bendix assembly sits behind the flywheel - that's what its catching on. You have to move the bendix out away from the gear before you go forward. There is just enough space to get it out past the flywheel.
As soon as you get it out, put a couple of 5/16"?? nuts on the end of the long bolts to hold the starter together. You'll be glad you did.
What do you mean, you fried it?
Only other possibility is if the bendix is hung up on the ring gear and jammed. Try rocking the truck back and forth in high gear if you think this is the problem.
Thanks for the instructions.
The 1949 is still missing some parts like brakes, (so a pull start was out of the question) and since the truck was sitting since 1967 probably would never fire on 6 volt, so ya anywho, yep my 12 volt battery did the trick.
Thought if I limited cranking might last but figured this would happen.
Like every other teenager out there too dang impatient.
Some nights you just have to realize your gonna be slaying a Dragon and not saving the Princess
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