Distributor re-install issue
I pulled the distributor on my 302 Hot Rod and replaced the Intake Manifold and rebuilt the Carb., so now I'm buttoning this thing up and I have been fighting with trying to to get my distributor seated all the way down. I've tried everything I can think of to get oil pump rod to match back up with the distributor shaft , (used a socket , screwdrivers, magnet , you name it). I have no problem meshing the helical gear to the camshaft. It looks and feels like it's in place, but there is about a 1/8-1/4" or so gap that I don't believe was there before. I can even get the retaining clip and bolt on it. But that gap has me nervous. I don't want to put it all back together and blow the engine if the pumps not turning.
Any thoughts will be appreciated!