VW and Porsche 356 bellhousings have a starter mounting plane located closer to the engine mounting plane than a 914 for example. Since the starter mounts to the bellhousing and not the engine, the starter gear engagement is determined by the distances shown below. The Zalex Industries engine stand takes the guess work out of gear engagement uncertainty because the starter gear and flywheel ring gear are easily viewable. So depending on what engine and flywheel combination you have, most likely there is a starter or spacer that will provide the proper gear engagement.
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