Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
November 1, 2008
Above: No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you--the starter at the right is PA's PMGR replacement starter for small-block Fords. The starter on the left is what we yanked from our '68 Mustang. Every PA Performance starter and alternator has a lifetime warranty and is assembled using 100 percent all-new parts that are tested prior to shipping.

Do you dread stopping at the gas station on the way home from a cruise, car show, or outing at the dragstrip for fear of waiting for 20 minutes for your starter to cool down enough to work again? Or perhaps you've gotten into the habit of rubbing your lucky rabbit's-foot keychain before twisting the key on your big-block Ford and saying a little helpful phrase under your breath (something akin to "Come on and start, you piece of junk!"). Whatever current multi-step process you use to start your Ford, you can kiss all that worrying and cursing goodbye by upgrading to the modern cranking powerhouse that is a permanent magnet gear reduction (PMGR) starter assembly from PA Performance.

When you hear the term "gear reduction starter," you might first think of those noisy Chrysler starters from decades ago that seemed to run on for eternity after the key was released, or perhaps some sort of import starter with an adapter bracket to make it work with your transmission.

Well, you'd be dead wrong on both thoughts. The modern PMGR starter is a thing of beauty, able to crank the highest of compression engines, the largest of cubes, and does so in a smaller package that requires less amperage and saves weight off the front of your ride. It even offers more clearance and improved airflow around the engine and headers. The modern PMGR starter bolts directly in place of your huge, old Ford factory unit, making for a quick and easy upgrade. Simply follow the well-written instructions provided by PA Performance for the minor wiring changes at the starter solenoid and you'll be cranking in no time.

We ordered a PMGR starter for this '68 Mustang that was having a hot-start problem due to the proximity of the long-tube headers the owner was using. While under the hood, we also upgraded the battery cables and terminals to PA Performance's line of 1,600-strand electrolytic copper custom-fit cables and solid brass terminals for optimum current flow to our charging system and starter. It dressed up an often overlooked area of the engine compartment as well. Check it out.

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