Originally Posted by JC316
Oh yeah, that passenger side exhaust always sucks. I always leave that top starter bolt out. Never had a problem. If it were shimmed like the SBC starters, it would be necessary, but I see absolutely no benefit to it being there.
I tried to convince myself that it was ok to leave the top starter bolt out until I got a close look at the bolt bosses on the trans that those bolts go in to.
There's not much meat there and its aluminum at that so I had to put that top bolt back in to be able to sleep at nights.
Getting to these bolts isn't too bad if you using a 24" extension from the front with a universal joint on it, but this was on lift with another pair of hands to get the socket set on the bolt head.