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Old 02-01-2006, 01:40 PM
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sbc oil pump drive

have been changing distributors lately and having a bit of a time lining up the oil pump drive shaft.

I have an oil pump primer tool and a long flat blade screwdriver.

Very hard to see down the hole (get leg cramps after a couple hours foolin around) to start the tool or engage a screwdriver into the slot.

Is there an easy (foolproof) method to line up distributor shaft with the oil pump drive?

Thank you............Al

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Old 02-01-2006, 01:58 PM
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Other than how you are doing it, not to many other options. What I do is bring up TDC and drop the dist in so the rotor is about 1/2" from where the tower lines up for #1, then just "bump" the starter with a remote button until the dist drops in. Usually works fine for me and saves my legs and back.

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use a housing and a shaft with the gear removed to do this

i cut a slot in the top end of the shaft where i cut off the advance weights plate, lined up the slot with the bottom end of the shaft

i always align mine up with #1 cylinder with engine at TDC #1 firing position and run my 18436572 then

on HEI caps its the second tower clockwise of where you plug in the battery and tach wires and pickup wires on the cap

thats the factory correct #1 tower anyways, but you can put it whereever if you play with the wires enough

i like to do it factory though

good luck
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