Originally Posted by CJ7KAHUNA
I had this issue and my mechanic friend ended up fabbing some shims and shimming the starter. It worked. I am currently having my motor changed out and am changing bell housings while the motor/trans is out. Hopefully this will fix my issue.
This starter issue is the biggest PIA I have dealt with. Its also very common. If someone has posted, or does post a definitive repair thread on this issue I vote for having it stickied or having it added to the CJ Stickies thread.
All the starter noise for Grammys 86 CJ was I didn't have the dowels pressed into the block. They are what locates the starter.
You don't shim a ford starter. If shimming it fixes it the dowels are most likely not in the block in the lower two corners.
PS. That is what fixed Matt's starter noise.