Simple or dumb question, I'm not sure, but probably the latter. I'm considering buying a spare '23 block and am looking to confirm that a block for an engine that uses a starter is the same as a non-starter block. The starter only affects the hogs head and engine pan, right?
Sorry, still learning.
The timing cover is different for the starter block also. Bob
The difference would be if it allowed a generator to charge the starting battery.
Many have put starters on a non-starter block.
Some have no means of recharging the battery, some use a belt driven alternator, some get a low recharge off the mag.
Given a choice I would choose a '19 and later block so I could use a stock T generator if I ever wanted to.
Okay, thanks for your comments. Are timing covers interchangeable, meaning no difference on the block itself, only the timing cover?
I hadn't thought about the generator. I'll look at my block to see where the generator connects and will compare with the block I'm interested in. Just an assumption, but I'd guess that there were far fewer non-generator/non-starter engines made in 1923 than those that allow starters and generators.
Thanks for your help!
For a 1923 block all were made to accept a generator I think. See this: