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Just last week my starter started making an awful grinding noise when starting. Today it just grinded but did not catch & start. When I went to pull the old starter, I also noticed through the front of the bell housing that the flywheel teeth were pretty ground down. Bought a new napa starter for a manual trans & got it in but it just spun & would not engage with the flywheel. Only thing I noticed when installing was that the starter did not seem to fully seat down snug but was able to cinch it down. I checked & the old starter is for an auto trans I believe which has a bit longer ring gear (?) allowing it to catch on the flywheel. I actually have a 68 toploader (wide ratio) 4 speed in it which is out of I believe a 68 torino. I guess I am wondering if it is a manual, why won't the manual starter work. I will exchange the manual starter for an auto but I still probably have to get a new flywheel. Just wondering if maybe the flywheel is worn down from age or if I need to look closer at this setup to make sure the flywheel/bell housing is correct with this setup. I have had this car for about 2 1/2 years & this is the first time it has been acting up when starting. Sucks that I am looking at a transmission removal & flywheel replacement.