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I picked up an early to mid 70s cad Eldorado v8, fwd motor. has an hei dist. also notice, no place on the block to bolt a starter.. is that common for the fwd cad v8 motors, to not have any place to mount a starter??
 

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it mounts by the front passenger side tire.

There should be a gear exposed on the motor to mate with the starting motor.
 

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ive got the motor on the engine stand and there is no place to mount a starter, on the drivers or passenger side of the engine block... no bolt holes anywhere... this is a fwd motor... iam assuming, a rear wheel drive motor, might have a place on the passenger side, but don't have one to look at..
 

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Passenger side of engine bellhousing flange will have a pair of holes drilled vertically. If you stick a cell phone camera under it should show up easily.

Additionally is a small boss on the passerger side of the engine block near the core (freezeout) plugs with a hole tapped out to facilitate the rear starter bracket which must be used on RWD installations.
 

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The ElDorado transmission (TH425) is what holds the starter motor on the FWD vehicles. Olds Toronado is the same way. The Olds and the Caddy TH425 transmission uses the same starter motor. Again, the starter on the FWD vehicles bolts to the transmission, not to the engine.

I'm surprised that the engine doesn't have a mounting pad and bolt holes for a RWD starter motor, though. Look again.
 
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