Can't install distributor - oil pump shaft not seated
I can't install the distributor in my '78 Ford (351M). It seems like the oil pump shaft is not seated in the oil pump. What's the best way to make sure the shaft is seated in the oil pump? I think that it may have lifted up just enough when I pulled the old distributor. I'm thinking of getting a oil pump primer shaft and trying that. I've had the normal aggravating trouble of getting distributors to fully seat/engage, but nothing like this. I've worked on and off on this for over a week, and I'm no closer to getting it now. Thank you.
Another possibility is shaft is in oil pump all the way but not in dizzy all the way. Has to be lined up just right for dizzy to drop down on it all the way. Kinda a pain sometimes when your tryin to get the rotor to land in the right position at the same time.
I've had this problem many times, sometimes they drop right in other times they fight awhile, lol.
As posted in another thread when this had me whipped:
I'm not proud - it whipped me, but Dad discovered that the oil pump shaft had come out of the pump. He used a socket (can't remember the size) and 1/4"-drive long extension and got it seated. The distributor then slipped in like always. We timed it, then guestimated the timing setting by idle - ~600 rpm, checked it, and it was dead on - 12 degrees advanced. Glad to have it going, and learned from it.
this happened to me and I used a magnet that was fixed to a telescoping handle ,I don't know what this tool is called but sears had several different sizes of this tool, when you have the shaft in its place just rotate the magnet off , should have no problem! best luck!
I have had the same problem installing my distributer. I ended up using a spring loaded claw that has 4 thin metal jaws that extend out from a cable when a part on the end is depressed.y issue wasn't the distributer but the shaft seating into the oil pump. I used the claw to grasp the hex Allen shaft and manipulate the shaft up and down and circular rotation. When the shaft seated down into the pump my problem was solved. What a bugger.
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