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Clark
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posted 10-22-2001 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clark   Click Here to Email Clark     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know this will sound stupid but I need some reassurance, can you replace the oil pump drive shaft and leave off the retainer? Or do I have to drop the oil pump and install from underneath? I thought the retainer is there to keep the shaft from coming out when pulling the distributor, thanks for any input.

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steve'66
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posted 10-22-2001 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Clark,

You're right, but if the old one has the retainer how are you gonna pull it out? If you get the new shaft in without a retainer, then you'll loose the shaft in the oil pan everytime you pull the distributor out.

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Clark
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posted 10-22-2001 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clark   Click Here to Email Clark     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve, but remember I mentioned stupid I just finished the motor rebuild and after installing a recurve kit and pertronix I went to install the distributor and guess what I forgot

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sigtauenus
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posted 10-22-2001 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have yet to pull the distributor out where the shaft wasn't stuck in the distributor so bad that it didn't pull off the retainer anyhow (ie, the shaft pulled through the retainer). Always end up dropping the oil pan...

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Just Jim
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posted 10-22-2001 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Jim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, that little retainer thing has been wandering around the inners of my Morris motor for almost 3 years worth of racing 'cause ya gotta pull the motor to get the pan off. I don't think it will hurt anything.At least I hope.

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-24-2001 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can live without it, but I wouldn't. Especially if you pull your distributor often. That's the nice thing about using an aftermarket billet oil pump drive. They can't fit through the hole so you don't need to worry about the retaining ring.

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