I haven't put a dust shield up yet, the starter I used was a Robb Mc starter, much smaller and fit perfect. I did make a 16 gauge metal shim for the starter. the gear was getting stuck otherwise. http://www.robbmcperformance.com/products/buick_starter.html EDIT: I did cut off the tab by the header. loped it right off like Vincent Van Gogh's ear.