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Thread: Distributor won't seat

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    Distributor won't seat

    I have a melling oil pump, ARP oil pump shaft, and stock distributor and I can not get the distributor to seat all the way.
    What are my options? I am leaning towards cutting the distributor down, but this gap seems excessive. (LOL)
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    I am guessing that the issue is the little stop installed on the distributor from ARP. I hope that is that the problem is because if the ARP is actually bottoming out on the distributor cutting the distributor won't help.

    Any help is much appreciated.
    2001GT-Auto YSI (2.7/15%OD)<br />89 LX 5.0 (347 stockish)

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    Can I take off the distributor shaft, stick it in, and then get out a hammer to see if I can tap that clip/retainer down some?
    2001GT-Auto YSI (2.7/15%OD)<br />89 LX 5.0 (347 stockish)

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    Been there before, I just dropped the pan and took it out... I know it sux ass but had to do it

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    you took it out and did what with it?
    2001GT-Auto YSI (2.7/15%OD)<br />89 LX 5.0 (347 stockish)

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    Is it the same block the dizzy came out of?

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    Different short block with factory block, melling oil pump, ARP oil pump shaft, old stock (car quest) distributor.
    2001GT-Auto YSI (2.7/15%OD)<br />89 LX 5.0 (347 stockish)

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    Took it out and measured the stop ring to the factory one, then presto!

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    Well, I do remember that I looked at the two shafts side by side and the length was pretty much the same, but the stop ring on the ARP was closer to the distributor some. I just figured that this had something to do with the ARP shaft and would not hurt the distriibutor engagement. Looks like I was wrong.

    I will cut a little on the distributor shaft and see if it seats further. If so I will continue to cut until it seats easily. It seems that this has been a common solution for the idiots in my situation. LOL

    Any reason I shouldn't do this?
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    I heard if you do that, just take it apart first cuz the vibrations from cutting can damage parts...

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