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1968 GMC keeps having starter go bad

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Posted by Mike on June 21, 2006 at 09:34:51 from (

I am posting this for my neighbor who has a 1968 GMC regular cab/longbed/2WD truck with a non-original 283-4bbl engine and automatic. The engine was rebuilt about 10 years and unknown mileage ago. The truck has been through about 5 starters this calendar year. The flywheel and carburetor were replaced about 5,000 miles ago--engine runs fine, just keeps having starters go bad. The mechanic they are taking it to says the engine block is warped, and this is causing the problem, he wants $2000 to fix it. My neighbors have already spent that amount of money on various things including starters. I've never heard of a warped engine block before or that causing starters to fail. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. These folks do not have a lot of money, and I think this mechanic is over-charging them anyway. Also if anyone could recommend a *competent* Chevrolet/GMC repair shop in the Lawrenceburg/Frankfort, Kentucky area that would be great. Thanks for your time - Mike in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

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