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Distributor Stuck in the Head (1172 Sidevalve)

 
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PWilson45



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Distributor Stuck in the Head (1172 Sidevalve) Reply with quote

Distributor won't budge and I don't want to break the casting.
Any suggestions for nondestructive removal?
Thanks,
Pete
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JAN



Joined: 21 Oct 2007
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Location: Wigan, UK

PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only way if it's really stuck - and they often are - is to remove the head and drift it out from below, using a socket just a bit smaller than the outside diameter of the drive dog.

Brutal, but there's no other real way without risking damage to the distributor body.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, as suggested it required removal of the head.
I took it to a sympathetic machine shop and he pressed it out.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coward!

But glad it worked!
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