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Old 06-01-2008, 10:57   #1 (permalink)
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Distributor bottoming out

Hello all this is my first post. I am running a 351W in my boat.
I recently had to rplace the fuel pump eccentric and at the same time replaced the timing gears, The chain was very loose.

To make a long story short. I need a few questions answered.
1) does the oil pump shaft normally come out when you pull the distributor, how is it attached, with a clip or does it just slide in? It only came out on me once, but I'd like to know.

2) When I reinstalled my distributor it is now bottoming out when I tighten it down. I never needed a washer on the dist. before but now it requires one, for when I tighten it down as the motor is running it causes it to run terrible and as soon as I give it gas it dies.

Now I just back the distributor bolt off a bit and it runs fine. But I dont think adding a washer is solving the problem, or is it? But why would the specs change?

Thanks for the help. I have posted numerous posts to marine forums but they have sent me to you guys, anyone?
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Old 06-02-2008, 13:21   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Distributor bottoming out

Am I in the wrong forum, no one has heard of this problem or comments?
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:27   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Distributor bottoming out

Oh well - You probably figured it out by now!!

The 5/16 hex drive will but is not supposed to come out with the dist. If it does, try to catch it before it drops back into the engine as you might have to pull the pan to retrieve it - been there, etc, etc, etc

If you are using the Ford SVT HD drive shaft for the oil pump, it may be in upside down. There is a short and long end that goes in the pump/dist. You want the short end in the pump. If not using the HD shaft, there is a clip - and you can move it easily
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