Originally Posted by 68NovaSS
That's so far out in left field! There is no way to install the distributor gear
"backwards/180 degrees", upside down or any other way. Figure it out, if you have two teeth on one gear, the gear meshing with it has one gear tooth between those two...but here is another on the other side waiting to mesh on the next rotation. You are waaaay over thinking this! You need to move the oil pump slot to wherever it needs to be to have the rotor pointing at #1 tower on the cap when it rotates down, and the distributor shaft drops into the slot, period. Is this a joke thread??
How many teeth are on the dist gear? Is it an even # or odd #? If it is an odd # then the gear can be installed 180 out! Unless the pin was drillied offset then it wouldn't line ou if it was put on 180 out. I have set the dist. to TDC and the oil pump was lined up! I don't know what happened? I know if the pump is out of alignment that the dist. will not drop down all of the way. I ste everything as mentioned and I can not get it to set correctly in time (the dist is cocked til it hits the manifold to get the timing set. If I move the dist 1 tooth either way it then goes way out of time. -24/+24deg out. I had the dist set I evne set a mark and it all lined right up but now I can not get the dist to line back up with my marks. I understand all of the pics and info on the oil pump but if I set the dist in and for some reason the dist doesn't line up I can just crank the engine until it pulls the dist. in to place.