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Flexplate grinding the starter, help!

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Hi, I have a 67 Coupe autom. with a 302 2V from a 68.
When I start the car, you can hear sometimes a little grinding sound coming from the flexplate touching the housing of the starter slightly.
It gets worse when I put the car in Drive and hit the gas.

We took off the tranny twice already. First we replaced the separator plate, which was not the correct one. Noise was still there. Last week we changed as well the flexplate, bought a new one. Installation was done correctly. Torq convertor was put on correct with the drainplugs through the wholes. It fitted perfectly and the bellhousing went straight on the engine without any effort. Now it looks like the flexplate tooth slightly touch the housing of the starter. What can I do here? Grind off a bit more of the starter housing? It looks like the correct type of starter.
(the car by the way starts right up, no problems here)

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Another old mechanic read your post. I am currently building a 289/toploader 4 speed to bring my 66 back to original. My engine is numbers matching but came from a car with an automatic transmission. I have removed the flex plate and will install one for a 157 tooth? flywheel. Already have the right bell housing and the toploader. Now I am wondering if I have to be concerned about spacers and other items that have to be removed, installed or otherwise repositioned to make the switch. I have a starter that came with the original 351 W that someone had installed in the 66 but was told not to use it. Which starter do I need and what else to I have to look out for. I am already straight on the peddle assy. and associated linkage for the change back over to manual. Thanks Bobby
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