The best advise I can give on the distributor removal is to just yank it out so you're forced to learn the reinstall.
This way , you'll understand how the valves open, close, the position of the balancer and the relationship between the crank and camshaft.
We can walk you thru it, so anytime you're ready just yank it out.
Oh yeah, one important note:
Don't go dropping your bolts in the hole.
Edit: I got to get me one of those scopes. I like the one can hook up to the laptop.