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Old 03-03-2006, 06:33 PM
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reinstalling distributor in chev sb

before removing my distributor I marked position of rotor button. Now I cant get dist to seat fully with rotor aligned with my mark. Is it necessary to bump to TDC on # 1 and align with it or do I just need to keep working at it??

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Old 03-03-2006, 06:45 PM
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You are fighting the position of the oil pump driveshaft. I find it very annoying when I removed the distributor on a Chevy pickup and I have to fiddle with it to get it to drop into the right spot. It's easy to do when it's on an engine stand, it's a pain in the posterior region when it's in the vehicle, particularly if the distributor hole is covered by an overhanging firewall.

My fat belly is scratched all up now over a deal like this today.


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yeah... like he said. all you need to do is get a flashlight and a long screw driver and stick down in there and move the pump shaft.... i've had to do that a LOT of times and it is very annoying...
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If the crank has not moved since you removed the dist. Then the oil pump shaft is still aliened. Move the rotor about 1" counter clock wise. This will allow the dist gear to mesh with the cam gear and drop down onto the oil pump shaft.
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If its an HEI you don't have to make sure its on the same tooth as before. You can either turn the oil pump shaft back a few degrees, or you could just install it on the next tooth which will probably let it line up with the oil pump shaft.

If its points, then you have to turn the pump shaft back so you can get back on the same tooth.
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Thanks guys

Follow your advice this a.m.and dist slid right in. Dead battery now so waiting on charge. Thanks again.

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You can use a long screw driver and turn the oil pump shaft back a hair and then insert the distributor.
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