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Ford falcon: I have an eb falcon 6cylinder. I removed the distributor

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I have an eb falcon 6cylinder. I removed the distributor to replace it an made no markings. So ive found tdc on the engine an cannot for the life of me get the new distributor in.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Australia Car
Expert:  Mechanic Martyn replied 1 year ago.
Yes that is the problem - the oil pump drive goes on the bottom of the distributor. So the solution is to have the rotor in the right position for no.1 cylinder to fire when the engine is on tdc no.1 firing and then gently push the distributor down while turning the crankshaft a little bit each way.
It doesn't take much - say 15 degrees each way just to get everything to plop into place.
However sometimes it takes a couple of goes to get the timing on the right tooth too.
Kind regards
Mechanic Martyn
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Easier said than done what a dog of a job still trying with no success
Expert:  Mechanic Martyn replied 1 year ago.
Hoe far from sitting flush is it?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What do you mean. Tried turning the crankshaft from side to side it just wont drop
Expert:  Mechanic Martyn replied 1 year ago.
how far up is it?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can feel the bottom of the shaft get over the top of the hole but won't go any further
Expert:  Mechanic Martyn replied 1 year ago.
as you turn the crankshaft does the distributor shaft try and turn too?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nah i havent even got that bit in either. The gear part
Expert:  Mechanic Martyn replied 1 year ago.
the body of the distributor won't even fit in the hole really?
Normally there might be some jiggling about to get the oil pump drive to sit in but not usually the gear.
Is the oil pump drive still in the pump in the block?
It hasn't lifted up and sitting at an angle or something?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yeah the gear goes in but doesnt mesh with anything. Yes the oil pump drive is still there. I did have the thought it might have something to do with angles but wasnt sure.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Maybe Im using the wrong markers to find tdc.
Expert:  Mechanic Martyn replied 1 year ago.
Even if you have it completely off the marks it should still slide in.
One of the problems with timing an engine is that tdc is the same for no.1 and no.6 so the trick is in working out when no.1 is on the firing stroke and no.6 is at the top of the exhaust stroke.
The best way is to remove the rocker cover and rotate the crankshaft and watch the exhaust valve on no.6 closing and the inlet valve just opening - that's called rocking. At that point no.1 is at TDC firing.
Thats when the distributor goes in with the rotor button pointing at no.1 ignition lead.
Does that help?
Kind regards
Mechanic Martyn
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Whatever I try it wont drop. Ive had it in an out several times before but as soon as I got it to tdc I cant get it in.
Expert:  Mechanic Martyn replied 1 year ago.
Thats very unusual.
Will it go in at another position? Is that what I'm understanding?
Kind regards
Mechanic Martyn
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What I meant was i could get it in before i lined it up to tdc but now that ive done that i cant get it in at all

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