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Distributor stuck after 2 weeks trying to
Remove without destroying it I gave up and replaced the reluctor, magnetic pickup and vacuum advance, it runs rough so I checked the timing and now I'm 58* advance of TDC.
I can't adjust the distributor so I moved the plug wires forward 1 pin. Still no love. The engine has 26k on it was told the original owner balanced and blueprinted the engine.
It has a edelbrock proformer 460 intake.
I'm going to pull #1 plug and verify TDC but with the distributor stuck I afraid I'm SOL
Any suggestions short of pulling the oil pump and driving it out?

Thanks for any information
Tom
 

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Shoot the mating area with PB Blaster, wait a while then apply again then have little patience for it to work and if needed, a bit of heat with a propane torch(Plumber's torch) just may be the ticket for it to loosen it's grip. I have heard horror stories of REALLY stubbornly stuck distributors, hopefully yours won't add to that list.
 

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1987 460 ford
Distributor stuck after 2 weeks trying to
Remove without destroying it I gave up and replaced the reluctor, magnetic pickup and vacuum advance, it runs rough so I checked the timing and now I'm 58* advance of TDC.
I can't adjust the distributor so I moved the plug wires forward 1 pin. Still no love. The engine has 26k on it was told the original owner balanced and blueprinted the engine.
It has a edelbrock proformer 460 intake.
I'm going to pull #1 plug and verify TDC but with the distributor stuck I afraid I'm SOL
Any suggestions short of pulling the oil pump and driving it out?

Thanks for any information
Tom
Take your time. All comes to he who waits.
 

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I think I'm going to grind the cap locating tab and rotate the cap till I'm 8* btdc and mark it and glue it down. WCGW?
 

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What about the mechanical curve?

Use a penetrant and have patients. Rotating it back and forth will get it out.

I've had some clients who have had to wait days for the penetrant to work its magic and allow removal.





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Thank you for the input.
I had it soaking in pb blaster, atf, acetone and tried cooling with dried ice. Prying with a 6' digging bar and a 15' angle iron
Hitting it with hammer and pry bar, used big adjustable plyers
It's in a gas pusher motor home so I don't want to use open flame and don't want to break the distributor neck.
 

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What about the mechanical curve?

Use a penetrant and have patients. Rotating it back and forth will get it out.

I've had some clients who have had to wait days for the penetrant to work its magic and allow removal.





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how can I change/check the mechanical curve. I checked TDC And it lines up with #1 but it fires about 58* advance.
I have a new Motorcraft ICM Installed Motorcraft reluctor and a standard pickup.
 

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Spray it full of (your choice of penetrate here) and let it soak while you got for a walk on the beach and contemplate life and stuff, come back, try to wiggle it a bit, spray it full again, go for a walk in the mountains and check out nature an stuff, come back.. repeat till the mothersnatcher breaks free and starts to move back and forth freely.. yes it can be a female dog to get loose, I had one on a 351M that was the same way and nope busting it loose from the bottom isn't any better.. Just like previous advice, take your time, keep soaking it and working at it.. don't bust it tho! I've seen that happen!! Then you really will have your hands full!! Good luck and cheers!!
 

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Have you tried hitting it with a rotary hammer or air chisel with a flat tipped bit?
Might be enough to break loose whatever is sticking.
 

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Have you tried hitting it with a rotary hammer or air chisel with a flat tipped bit?
Might be enough to break loose whatever is sticking.
I'm going to get a longer air hose tonight and try that thanks.
 

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I had to use a round chisel and a 4lb hammer with lots of soaking over a week and a half long period to break mine loose.. I was replacing mine with a new unit tho, and I did coat the contact area where it meets the block with a lil bearing grease as well. I know some of it will "come out in the wash" but at least where it contacts the iron will have a lil something to keep it from galling to the iron. It's a chemical process that happens over time..
 

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In addition to the solvent soaking, I used two appropriately sized coupling nuts and matching bolts to "press" it out by placing the coupling nuts & bolts below the distributor. You must keep the loads balanced so as not to break the distributor's housing. After removal, clean the mating surfaces of the distributor with the engine and coat with anti-seize.
 

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Hrmmmm that's one I'll have to file away and remember as a just in case or last resort kinda solution, so to say...
 

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Sodium hydroxide (lye) does not attack iron or steel but it does attack aluminum and most bearing materials,so....I would try not get too much of it down the hole.It makes a good paint and grease remover but doesn't do much to rust.
 

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I sorta figgered it would do a number on bearings if it got too loose "in the hole" but yeh I'd say just be cautious with it just like any other caustic substance and it should do the trick!
 

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I have found that Kroil is the best oil to remove bolts/parts that need lubricating.
It is not cheap, but it makes pb blaster look like child's play!

Seriously good stuff. Give it a try.
 
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