View Full Version : 283 Starter Motor

carl worsham
01-11-2007, 09:33 PM
"My starter is frozen, not even a click when
I try to start it. I jumpered it to the battery
and got nothing. Not even an attempt to move.

It's a 1963 Cavalier with the 283 chevy,
hasn't been started in four years. Any info
on taking one out and rebuilding it would
help. It's very different from a car. I got
two bolts out on the aft side of the housing
between the motor and flywheel. These
are underneath the motor. I'm assuming
there is one bolt on the front going the
other way. I felt one, along the top
through a hole in the flywheel housing,
anyway, then weather got to me and I quit
about when I discovered that one bolt.
Is there a fourth? If so, it will
be damned hard to get to, looks like.

Next trip, I'll be
taking the floor out between the
engine and cabin to get to that bolt, then
see what is there. Any advice on what to look
for will help.

Very weird looking solenoid that
sits up on top in the middle of the motor, it
looks like. Odd little thing, looks nothing
like any chevy car I've ever worked on.

Then there's this blue housing between the
motor and flywheel. Makes me think there
is a long shaft to the flywheel gear?

I thought about taking the two long, skinny
bolts that run through the motor out and pulling
it out that way, leaving that blue housing
between the motor and flywheel in place,
but wondered if I'd wind up with handful
of motor parts, shafts and gears that would
be hard to reassemble. Anyone ever tried that?

Wish I had a good picture, is all I can
say . . . let me know if you have such a pic.
Send it, please.

BTW. I inherited this boat and it was in a very
poor shape. Bottom is perfect now, new transom
repairs, transom has 12 coats of varnish on
it now (rare wood finish transom on it). I
refinished the cabin door and put a new
latch on it from Perko, fixed the bilge
pump wiring which was shorting out,
and I repaired some wood on the top
with plans to revinyl the entire boat. No
work has been done on it since 1998, and
very little then. It was in good shape then,
though, but about to sink when I rescued it.
Last time it was put in great shape was in
early 1990's. Still looked and ran good
in 1998, but since then the engine was just
turned over a few times until it was
more-or-less abandonded in 2002. My goal is
to have it "ship-shape" in a year. Pray for
me the engine starts easy when I fix this

01-13-2007, 07:26 AM
"Too bad you didn't pull the motor along with the trans and rebuild it. That's not a lot of motor for its weight, and it's kinda old.

Good luck on that last bolt(s).


carl worsham
01-13-2007, 09:03 PM
"If it starts up after I rebuild the starter, and I can get it to run perfect . . if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I've rebuilt four engines in my life and don't want to rebuild another,
particularly if it's not necessary."

Lou traeger
02-27-2008, 01:32 PM
I just bought a 62 chris craft cavalier to completly rebuild. the 283 drive is off the normal front of the engine and the water pump is driven off the back of the generator. does anybody know anything about this? I am pulling it out to see what I've got. can use all the help I can get.