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Old 10-22-2003, 03:09 PM
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rebuilt distributor will not fit my engine

I purchased a rebuilt distributor for my 1978 2.3 Pinto and the damn thing will not fit,it goes down so far in the opening then will not go past the first collar on the distributor shaft. I had Auto Zone check all the part numbers and they all pan out as right--they said the same distributor fits the 1977 on and also the Fairmont 2.3 the mustang 2.3 etc.

They have since sent my core (old)distributor in and now I am left with no refference point....is it possible that the collar on the shaft is just a bit (I mean a hair) larger because of repainting of the shaft etc....?? If so what can I do to make the distributor fit??

The distributor is the (breakless type with one vaccum outlet)--any ideas on this??

Mike

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Old 10-22-2003, 03:25 PM
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I am not familiar with the Pinto engine but distributor shafts usually intersect the cam gear and have a tab or pin of some sort to intersect the oil pump shaft. Does your distributor have this feature? could it be that the pin or tab is not lining up with the oil pump shaft and is not dropping into place? If so, use a big screwdriver to twist and align the oil pump shaft.
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distributor will not fit

the collar on the distributor shaft will not allow the distributor to drop into the oil shaft--it is like the collar is a hair to big-I sanded the collar to remove any paint or burrs and it will still not drop in. The part #'s match and the distributor is exactly like the one that came out of the engine---still dont have a clue on what to do...

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Did you measure the bore and the collar?
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I'd say the distributor shaft isn't seated in the oil pump. The distributor/shaft is being held up enough to make it look as if it's the shoulder of the shaft not fitting in the hole. Set the distributor how you want it oriented, then turn the motor over while applying a slight amount of downward pressure on the distributor. It should fall right in place.
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Yup, I'd say bstMeck is right on the money. I Pulled one out one time and it did the same thing when trying to put it back in, What a Pain in the ***. But the again, it wouldn't be fun if it all fell together LOL
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Is the fuel pump right next to the Dist on kind of angle ? the fuel pump may be driven by the dist ? try backing the fuel pump bolts out and try to install again. Yes i am sure you have to remove the fuel pump! OK i just did some checking i must be thinking about the Chevett fuel pump! All most the same!!

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distributor will not fit

Hey guys,
thanks for all the input, I took the rebuilt distributor back, got another, and it dropped right in --go figure----anyway--it is in and now the good part setting up the timing ...

thanks again,
Mike
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