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    I am considering installing helicoils in the starter mounting holes of the HVDA bell housing to make future starter replacement much easier. I did a search and couldn't find anything on it. Has anyone done this or have any reasons not to try it?
    Last edited by Tanner; 10-08-2018, 02:08 PM.

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    I did something similar to my HVDA bell housing. I bored out the original hole and made a threaded steel insert with a shoulder that I inserted from the back with red Loctite. If you don't have the machining capabilities then I think the helicoil will work just fine. You don't have much to loose because if it ever stripped you could still use a nut and bolt.

    Trevor

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    • #3
      Just a thought. How about Keenserts? More robust than Heilcoils

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        I have never used Keenserts, but will check them out. Thanks!

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        • #5
          This is a great idea, wish I had thought of it when I installed my HVDA kit. I would lean towards using Keenserts too - however the Helicoils in the rear trailing arms seem to be holding up just fine.

          I'd probably use both a plain and lock-washer under the bolt head, and maybe some blue Loctite on the threads to keep the starter snugged up tight.
          Last edited by A Brit in Bama; 10-08-2018, 09:41 AM.
          Keith, Huntsville AL, 1971 CC66559
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tanner View Post
            I am considering installing helicoils in starter mounting holes of the HVDA bell housing to make future starter replacement much easier. I did a search and couldn't find anything on it. Has anyone done this or have any reasons not to try it?
            Sounds good to me. I've even thought about tack welding the nuts around the engine back plate to make the removal of the bolts easier. (Rather than to use the ViseGrip pliers to hold each nut in turn)

            Dick

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            • #7
              I'd look into putting a Time-Sert in it rather than a helicoil. Time-Serts are super simple to use and give you a steel threaded insert. Use them all the time at the shop for stripped aluminum threads. Many a Mercedes valve cover is held on by Time-Serts.

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