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Old 06-22-2003, 04:57 AM
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stuck HEI distributor--won't come out

Anybody know how to get a HEI distributor out of a '77 small block Chevy? I have one that is stuck tight. The clamp is off, it's been soaked with WD40 for days, & it won't move at all. I had the same problem on a junk motor that I needed the intake from, & I only got it off by using a 3-pounder & beating the distributor to pieces. I'd like to save this one.

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The distributor mounting flange (aluminum) has most likey frozen to the intake manifold (iron or alum). Careful heat from a propane torch should break the bond. Be careful not to overheat the distributor housing.
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Had that problem before and if you`ll use carb cleaner instead and work the dist back and forth while spraying it then it will come out and not have to destroy the dist... The propane torch is a last resort because it will ruin the seal in the dist... Remember heat travels quickly in alum...
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brake kleen would be the best thing to use. Also turn the engine over. Could very well be that the dis gear is stuck to the cam.
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