I've finally gotten the retainer bolt off, and when I attempt to pull the
distributor up, it won't budge. Should I be having someone turn the
crankshaft? Should I just pull harder? Is there more than just the
retainer bolt and bracket holding it down? The outer part of the
distributor spins freely, but the center rod doesn't seem to want to budge.
Maybe putting it in neutral? Any help would be appreciated.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
The center shaft, has a gear mounted on the bottom. This gear called the
distributor drive gear, is meshing with a matching gear on the cam. You
could try lightly prying on the distributor housing with a small pry bar or
screw driver. If that doesn't work you could attempt to turn the motor over
with a breaker bar. It will probably require two people if the gear is in
bad shape. One turning the motor over very slowly, one prying or pulling.
Remember when putting the distributor back in to have motor at Top Dead
Center on number one cylinder. Align the distributor so it would be firing
the number one spark plug.
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