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Old 08-12-2007, 12:22 PM
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Distributor gasket, and wiring shield?

Hey, I've got a few questions about things that are baffling me:

The gasket kit came with a fiber ring that is evidently intended to be a gasket for the distributor. I've heard that sometimes they need to be shimmed to mesh correctly with the drive gear and oil pump shaft: how do you tell if it needs one or not? Aren't they supposed to be able to fit without a gasket? I am using an Edelbrock Performer intake: does that affect this issue?

Also, there is a metal tube about 5 or 6 inches long that the starter wires pass through. It is evidently a shield to keep the wires safe from the nearby exhaust pipes. Does anyone know where that mounts, or better yet, have any pics to show where it mounts??

Oh, and what's the best way to prime the fuel pump, carb and lines before starting the engine? The tank is currently bone dry, so we will have to get the fuel clear up front to the carb before we try starting. Any tips on making this easier?

Thanks, everyone!
-Joel R.
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