How to Install a Small Block Chevy Starter

Installing a starter motor on a small block Chevy engine requires working from under the vehicle to properly access the bolts and wiring connections on the starter. The small block Chevy engines were used in cars, trucks and SUVs from Chevy and GMC for many years. Some of the small block engines include the Chevy 262, 305, 327 and 350 cubic inch V8 engines and there are several V6 engines that use the same 60 degree “V” orientation as the small block engine series.

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal, using a wrench to loosen the clamp bolt and then set the cable aside. Isolate the cable from the battery terminals so that it does not contact the battery while you are working.

Raise the front of your vehicle with a jack and place a set of jack stands under the frame rails. Carefully lower the vehicle until it is resting securely on the stands.

Slide under the vehicle on the passenger’s side of the vehicle and raise the starter into position on the back edge of the engine where it meets the transmission bell housing. Install the two retaining bolts from the underside of the starter, sliding them into the holes, through the starter and into the engine block.

Tighten the two retaining bolts with a socket and ratchet then move to the starter solenoid and connect the large red wire that runs to the starter to the “B” terminal on the back of the solenoid. Install the retaining nut on the terminal and tighten it with a socket and ratchet. Install the smaller black wire on the “S” terminal followed by the retaining nut and then tighten the nut with a socket and ratchet.

Raise the front of the vehicle off the jack stands and remove them from under the vehicle. Lower the vehicle to the ground and remove the jack.

Install the negative battery cable on the negative battery terminal and tighten the clamp bolt with a wrench. Test the installation by turning the ignition switch to the start position, the engine should turn over and start.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench set
  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Socket set
  • Ratchet
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Christian Killian has been a freelance journalist/photojournalist since 2006. After many years of working in auto parts and service positions, Killian decided to move into journalism full-time. He has been published in "1st Responder News" as well as in other trade magazines and newspapers in the last few years.