Not enough room for starter to drop out
I own an '80 Tbird 2 door hardtop that has an 8 cyl 255 engine. Everything under the hood is really cramped together it seems. The starter's "nose cone?" broke at the bolt eye holes and the starter seperated from engine the other morning as I was starting it. That was pretty weird. I had never heard of that.
When I tried to remove it I found that there isn't enough room for the starter to drop out. There are two steel lines that go back to the top side of the trannsmission,. the oilpan, etc, in the way.
I don't know the proper procedure to extract it. I was searching for a free online manual that might lay it out when I found the ford forum.
Can anyone offer me some advice, please?