Dude, you're not going to believe this. I went out there with all my tools, ready to replace the starter. I had not purchased a starter, but was just looking to see what I was up against. Then I thought, what the heck, what could it hurt? I took a 2X4 like you said and banged on the starter about seven times. Got in the truck, turned the ignition, and it fired right up. Unbelievable. Thanks.
& yeah , you'll eventually have to address the armature