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How do you get the oil pump drive to slide into distributor shaft?
Any tricks or gadgets to help get the oil pump drive shaft to fit into the distributor when installing the distributor? Surely you guys see this from time-to-time.
I'm just fininshing my cam swap and got to the point where I was reinstalling the distributor. I tried many times to seat the distributor but I could not get the oil pump drive shaft to go into the distrubtor. I tried turning the oil drive shaft a little, and the "turn and slam" method, and moviong a gear tooth either direction, but the problem is that the oil pump drive shaft lays aginst the side of the engine housing/boss (it doesn't sit stright up) so the edge of the distributor shaft hits the top of the oil pump shaft and it won't go inside.
Okay so I got it in in (this is going to sound crazy) but I had to wad up a little piece of bread (sandwich bread) and stuff it in the hole to keep the oil pump shaft sitting straight up. Once I did that the distributor slide right into place. First try.
But this shouldn't happen. I have the star washer/retianer on the shaft so it can (edit: should say CAN'T) be pulled out of the oil pump when removing the distributor. The oil pump drive shaft is a "mtorsports perfomance shaft" and the distributor is a MSD billet.
Last edited by 4604X4; 07-16-2012 at 05:25 AM.