Alright, so, I've been looking at a bunch of starter related threads and haven't found the exact info I need. First off, here's what happened to my starter:
Now, in looking up starter issues, I've seen explanations from a floating flex plate to having the manual transmission starter instead of the AT starter.
Apart from the 1/2 sec. starter grind once the engine catches and I release the key, I'm assuming that the starter does, in fact, disengage. I don't hear any funny noises under normal running.
NOW, it seems that various parts resources do not correctly list the part numbers for whether or not they are for an AT or MT. The official ford parts website has both starters, but does not list which is which.
Both of these starters are for my 1986 351W with an AT. does anyone know which part number is the CORRECT starter for an AT? I've read all over that parts stores give them the wrong ones.
Furthermore, if you'll look at the photo - this appears to be the wrong starter, entirely. the part number is D2AF-11131-CA? I gather it's from an old mustang or an old F100 (yet it's so fresh looking). Can anyone tell me if this starter is the wrong starter or if it's just another version of the correct starter (so that I can narrow down the cause of issue)
My plan is to get the proper AT starter and shim it, despite people saying that it's not necessary. Can't hurt, right?