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Hello, is the starter not working at all now?
If the turns freely when you loosen bell housing bolts that's not good. The torque converter isn't fully seated inside the transmission. This causes the transmission to bind with the engine locking it up. If you back the transmission off you might be able to push the torque converter all the way on.
To test it stick three fingers behind the converter. There should only be about 1/4" of clearance and the tip of your finger shouldn't even fit hardly.