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305 vs 350 starters

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Is there any difference between the starters? Are the interchangable? If not can one be installed by mistake and work for a while before going bad?
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Have a noisy starter on my 86 305 and believe I might have created it by hitting the starter when the engine was running. Periodically now when I turn the key, there's an odd tinny noise when cranking, but engine still starts ok. Then the next time, their's a different noise when cranking like a deep noise, not the tinny sound or grinding , but an odd sound. Again, the engine starts. Do I pull the starter to see if the spring or bendix is the problem? The flywheel should not have been damaged when my first attempt to start while the engine was running, right. THanks, Nick
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