One of the most frequently asked questions we get from BluePrint’s customers is about starters. Do I need a mini starter? Or, a high torque starter? Or, will my old starter work? There are several factors to consider before buying a new starter for your new BluePrint engine. We will cover them here.
First, let’s give you some information on what necessitates a performance starter over a stock replacement starter.
To decide whether or not to buy a new, expensive starter for your BluePrint crate engine, we have some questions that you should answer first:
Ford and Chrysler starters bolt directly to the transmission bellhousing. Chevrolet starters bolt to the engine block itself. These Chevy starters have either a straight across pattern, or the staggered pattern. Many customers ask us what BluePrint’s crate engines are drilled for. All of our Chevy engines are drilled and tapped for both the straight and staggered starter bolt patterns.
Customers often ask us how to tell the difference between factory high torque starters and the standard versions. On Chevy engines, this easily visible by looking that the starter itself. You may not need to remove the starter to see this.
GM factory starters have a ground strap that comes out of the main body of the starter and connects to the solenoid by a copper spacer. High torque starters will have about a 1 inch long copper spacer. Standard, non-high torque, starters will only have a ¼” spacer or less. See the pictures below to see the difference between the two versions.
If you have any additional questions you need answered on starters for your BluePrint crate engine, please contact us at
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