Re: dist/oil pump problem
ok fear not as thou walk thru the valley of ford, for thine rod and thine PSIG shall comfort thee.
a ford is nothing more than a much improved chevy with the distributor in the front.
number 1 cylinder is front left as you face the engine from the front of the car.
put the engine on number 1 compression/fire stroke and then remove the distributor.
if the gears look good, remove the rotor and clamp the top of the distributor shaft in the vice on the flat spot of the shaft
out a rag on the gear and with only moderate force, try to turn it with big vice grips etc.
if it does not turn you are good.
put a medium to long thin wall socket on an extension . . tape the socket to the extension with real us made masking tape.
put it on the oil pump drive and very little effort, try to turn it . . if it does not turn, your pump is bad.
it might have locked the pump and broke the pin on the distributor . . especially if you just changed your oil to a thicker oil.