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hurlbird

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Re: Stuck distributor Ideas please
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2021, 05:01:53 PM »
finally!!! Heat and the strap wrench. thanks all!!!

lawrence67

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Re: Stuck distributor Ideas please
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2021, 08:43:22 PM »
I believe this is a perfect example of "dissimilar metals corrosion" and could have been minimized with the careful use of one of the many corrosion preventative compounds on the distributor contact flange and o-ring upon installation or regular maintenance.  It's amazing what a bit of preventative maintenance can do.
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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2021, 12:41:37 PM »
Steve McDonas makes a comment I would like to second and that is heat is a big help. I recently had some bolts snap when removing an old water pump. I soaked them for days with no luck. I finally pulled out the Wagner Heat gun and heated the area around the bolt (but not the bolt itself) and they finally broke free. Try heating the intake manifold around the distributor and then immediately try to break free using the strap wrench.
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I also have had similar situations with "stuck" fasteners and components, some on vehicles not nearly as old as 1960's cars.
I have found carefully using heat (often propane torch), applying penetrant material (even have used bee's wax), and doing this multiple cycles, the heat cycle helps the penetrating material to wick into the seized joint more each cycle.
Then when attempting to turn, the torque required is much lower because the joint has the penetrating material modifying the "friction" in the joint.
If you've ever tried to replace front shocks on an early VW beetle, you've likely learned this lesson  ;D

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