Turns out the starter for the truck is for a 168 tooth flywheel, current flywheel in the truck is a 153 tooth (because fuck chevy & their clutch/flywheel options). They don’t make a 153 tooth starter that bolts to the bellhousing. If the motor isn’t tapped for the correct starter the project is dead. If it is, I now have to buy a new starter.
Oh, and the engine might have a rust ridge in one or more cylinder that will destroy the rings as soon as I crank it over.
But hey, at least it is in the truck right?