Using a distributor shaft as an pre-oiling tool.

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  1. TDPalmer

    TDPalmer Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The book I'm using to rebuild my engine says that I can use a distributor shaft as a tool to turn the oil pump to pre oil the engine. I am ready to stick the intake manifold on but before I do it says I need to pre oil the engine to make sure everything is getting oil.

    I have an old distributor that I can use but I do not know how much I need to take off. I have already taken the cap off but I figure I would have to remove the gear and such so it does not turn the camshaft.

    Can anyone tell me what all needs to come off and how to remove the items? Or is there an easier way to pre-oil an engine?

    Thanks
     
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    NorCal_71 Veteran Member

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    Easiest way is to grind off the teeth of the distributor gear, and then remove the mechanical advance setup off of the top so that you can attach a drill to the shaft.
     
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    camaro383 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    This couldn't be any more true. Just order one and use it. It is a great tool, very easy to use and you don't have to waste time fabricating and grinding. I had intentions of doing the same thing and just said screw it and bought one...it was the best thing I did...10 years ago. ha ha
     
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    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I bought this from GM and it's used with the intake on. Works great.
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    Use Lubriplate to assemble engine.
    it will run several minutes without additional lube.
    Crank fully assenbled engine with a disabled ignition, when you have oil pressure reinstall coil wire.
    START.
     
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    mrdragster1970 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Damn that's a nice tool.
    The one I got, from before I switched my stuff to dry sump was just a rod, that didn't cover the oil passage.

    I also got a cut up dist from someone, and it worked excellent.


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    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yup, that works and I have done it this way too.
     
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    clay's70 Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Same here. Made one years ago. I've used it on every motor I put together.
     
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    Instead of grinding, I removed the drift pin and the gear slid right off.......
     

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