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    I recently acquired a 1956 Power Hawk with a 259 V8. The car has sat outside (in the desert) for 25 years so it needs total restoration. I removed the distributor to have it rebuilt but now I can't get it back in. The engine has not been moved since the distributor was removed so the alignment is the same as it was upon removal.It goes in about half way and ten stops. I have tried to rotate it distributor but can't get iall the way in.
    Any tips on getting that distributor back in???

  • #2
    Azopelnut; Try pointing the rotor a little bit counterclockwise of where you want it to end up (you DO know where it was right?) then while holding it down, have someone crank the engine untill it drops into the oil pump drive gear on the camshaft. You can turn the eng. from under the hood (IF IT'S IN NEUTRAL) with a jumper wire (or remote starter switch) from the batt. side of the Solenoid to the small "Start" term. on the Sol. Red/White wire.

    StudeRich
    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner
    SDC Member Since 1967

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    • #3
      Azopelnut; Try pointing the rotor a little bit counterclockwise of where you want it to end up (you DO know where it was right?) then while holding it down, have someone crank the engine untill it drops into the oil pump drive gear on the camshaft. You can turn the eng. from under the hood (IF IT'S IN NEUTRAL) with a jumper wire (or remote starter switch) from the batt. side of the Solenoid to the small "Start" term. on the Sol. Red/White wire.

      StudeRich
      Studebakers Northwest
      Ferndale, WA
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner
      SDC Member Since 1967

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      • #4
        Thanks StudeRich and Hot wheels.
        StudeRich when i removed the distributor the rotor was pointing to the number 4 spark wire (second cylinder on the passenger side). I am a little worried about moving the crank and messing up the timing.

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        • #5
          Thanks StudeRich and Hot wheels.
          StudeRich when i removed the distributor the rotor was pointing to the number 4 spark wire (second cylinder on the passenger side). I am a little worried about moving the crank and messing up the timing.

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          • #6
            That is why I said: point it correct and after aligning with the hole in the block down nearer to the oil pump, and pushing down and holding it should drop to about and inch or 1 1/2 inch from the block. When it does that the timing is already locked into the Cam, you are just matching it to the oil pump gear. Do not touch the Rotor, just let it turn push on the case.

            If that does not work it's not too much harder to find Top Dead center; both valves on #1 (Left front) Closed, timing mark on UDC mark and Rotor to # 1 or set it untill it is.

            StudeRich
            Studebakers Northwest
            Ferndale, WA
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner
            SDC Member Since 1967

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            • #7
              That is why I said: point it correct and after aligning with the hole in the block down nearer to the oil pump, and pushing down and holding it should drop to about and inch or 1 1/2 inch from the block. When it does that the timing is already locked into the Cam, you are just matching it to the oil pump gear. Do not touch the Rotor, just let it turn push on the case.

              If that does not work it's not too much harder to find Top Dead center; both valves on #1 (Left front) Closed, timing mark on UDC mark and Rotor to # 1 or set it untill it is.

              StudeRich
              Studebakers Northwest
              Ferndale, WA
              StudeRich
              Second Generation Stude Driver,
              Proud '54 Starliner Owner
              SDC Member Since 1967

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              • #8
                When you do get it down you will have to make sure it's right before you try to start it: This is done by getting #1 piston at TDC as mentioned above and then making sure the rotor is pointed at the #1 spot in the cap.

                Do this carefully and check it a couple times, as it's easy to misread; and if it's not exactly on it'll run terrible [xx(]

                Good luck!

                Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                Parish, central NY 13131
                http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

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                • #9
                  When you do get it down you will have to make sure it's right before you try to start it: This is done by getting #1 piston at TDC as mentioned above and then making sure the rotor is pointed at the #1 spot in the cap.

                  Do this carefully and check it a couple times, as it's easy to misread; and if it's not exactly on it'll run terrible [xx(]

                  Good luck!

                  Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                  Parish, central NY 13131
                  http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

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                  • #10
                    You said it only goes down about HALF way. Is this right or is it only about a 1/4" from being all the way down? If it is only half way, then you are not getting the tip of the shaft into the hole in the block.

                    Ted

                    quote:Originally posted by azopelnut

                    . . .It goes in about half way and ten stops.

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                    • #11
                      You said it only goes down about HALF way. Is this right or is it only about a 1/4" from being all the way down? If it is only half way, then you are not getting the tip of the shaft into the hole in the block.

                      Ted

                      quote:Originally posted by azopelnut

                      . . .It goes in about half way and ten stops.

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                      • #12
                        Its about four inches from being seated. I will try "hotwheels" suggestion with a flashlight to see what I am hitting on.

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                        • #13
                          Its about four inches from being seated. I will try "hotwheels" suggestion with a flashlight to see what I am hitting on.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for all the help, laying on top of the engine and looking down the shaft did help, It drop in with a little help

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for all the help, laying on top of the engine and looking down the shaft did help, It drop in with a little help

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