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Hello, I have a 1966 smallblock Fairlane and the distributor is stuck! I completely removed the hold-down bolt and plate and it will not even turn or budge. I tried PB blaster overnight and I tried to tap it with a hammer lightly. I'm afraid to strike it any harder as I feel I might crack the housing. Any thoughts or tricks? I wanna smash it! Thanks, Dave.
 

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MORE PB and WD and time... If you have anything that removes aluminum deposits, try that too... Then wait some more...

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I had the same problem. Get a small wire brush and clean away as much junk as you can. This serves two purposes. One it will aid in getting the oil down into the crack where you need it and second it will keep the juck from falling into the engine when you do get it out. Now since I have yet to find any penetrating that does (penetrate), you have two options along wiht the one suggested by FALCONAROUND. One is to grab the shaft with pump pliers and try gently twisting. I pryed mine loose but did it gently under the base of the distributor.

Good luck!

Later!
Mr. Ed
 

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Lots of PB Blaster, DON'T FORGET to change your oil when you're done with the project! PB Blaster does not play well with bearings.

The nastiest one I've ever had the dis-pleasure to deal with came out with Blaster, two small prybars under the body, one on each side of the shaft, and a buddy gently tapping on the shaft with a small hammer.

Good luck!
 

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after wire brushing and some WD down the housing area, use a strap filter wrench on the housing and try and "GENTLY" twist it. If it twist, rotate it back and forth awhile pulling up on it. If you twist the strap wrench to hard you might break the dist where the cap sets down on.
 

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I have run into these in the past. Generally is has something to do with the rubber sealing ring sticking in place. Iff'n it don't turn, then you have to bring it up a bit. Ib the past, the WD40 and such solvents only aggrevate the situation fo they attack and swell the rubber seal.

I tried using a crowbar one, but seemed to be of wrong length. Was planning on resting it on the C.I. manifold lip, then the tip underneath the Dist. body.

Best system was to use two or three good flat blade screw drivers. Just whack the thin end down in between the C.I. manifold, and the aluminum lip from the distributor. Then another in the gap. Push down, pry up just a bit. Only need to pry up maybe .020" and then things ought to rotate. You may then need to pry out even more for there is often goo as in old dried oil collected on the tight fit in the block.

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