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69 Sportsroof
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From: Valley, Alabama, USA
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posted 09-25-2002 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At least trying to....

Have started with getting our new Mustang running. Drained the oil - no grit. Pulled the plugs - no oil. Sprayed the carb down with carb cleaner - everything moves freely (still gonna kit it out). Shot a few squirts of trans fluid in each spark plug hole. Put in 5 quarts of 10W/30 oil with new filter and a can of gunk engine flush. Removed the distributor hold down clamp and the dang distributor will not move at all. The shaft will move a little so I know its not seized up but the distributor housing will not move. I've beat on it with a rubber mallet. I sprayed the base with PB Blaster and let it soak overnight. I even whacked it with a hammer and chisel and still nothing. Put an adjustable chain style oil filter wrench around it with a long handle and popped the chain off of the wrench. My next move is going to be to heat up the base with a butane torch and put a 6 inch pipe wrench on it and see if that will do it. Looks like I'm going to have to replace the distributor before I'm done. So, for anyone keeping tabs this is minor setback #1.

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1969 Mustang Sportsroof
302 with 3 Speed Stick
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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
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posted 09-25-2002 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let the penetrating oil soak, that should do it.

If you tap at the end of the vacuum advance canister lightly with the rubber mallet, you'll be able to work it back and forth and it will loosen. I've run into this many, many times before.

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johnmustang
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From: Vancouver Island , British Columbia , Canada
Registered: Nov 2001

posted 09-25-2002 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This will sound stupid , but , why the atf in each spark plug hole ? Is it to de-glaze the cylinder walls and lube the cylinder ? I know I should know , but , I do not .

JOHN

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Dave Gibson
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From: Pensacola, Florida, USA M&M#166 MCA#47921
Registered: Aug 99

posted 09-25-2002 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave,
Blast the distributor with plenty of PB blast or WD-40. Work it slowly with the rubber mallet. You should not need to heat it up with a torch. If you do have to heat it up, make sure you clean up the PB blast or WD-40 first. You could end up with a big fire.
Dave & Terri

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Poison Ivy (Dave's)
'65 Fastback Modified 289 4V, C-4, dual exhaust, styled steel wheels, rally pac, A/C
'02 Explorer XLT, Black, 3.73:1 limited slip, class III tow package!

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Cruzer
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From: Lancaster, South Carolina, USA
Registered: May 99

posted 09-25-2002 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cruzer   Click Here to Email Cruzer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man, it's sounds like it's really stuck! Try this, Take the hold down bolt & clamp off & turn the engine over using the starter just a bit & see if it will break loose. Maybe it will break loose. Soak it down good with oil or a rust breaker type stuff.

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69 Sportsroof
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From: Valley, Alabama, USA
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posted 09-25-2002 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave and Steve - Thanks, but...

Rubber mallet? HAHAHAHAHAHA

PB Blaster? HAHAHAHAHA

Propane torch? HAHAHAHAHAHA

Seriously, I just got finished with it. Been working on it for 4 1/2 hours. The PB Blaster has been soaking since Sunday. I beat on the thing all evening Monday with a rubber mallet. Didn't give an inch. I could turn it about 1/4 inch in each direction with an 18 inch pipe (monkey) wrench with a long pipe on the end. Kept this up until I broke the rim off of the housing all the way around. The way we finally got it out was to take a huge pry bar and put it between the intake and the distributor and pry it up while beating up on the other side with a steel hammer. I'll post pics soon. I'll also post a pic of what I saw when I took off the valve cover. Cleanest piece of iron I've ever seen.

Anyway, I had the opportunity to spin the oil pump with the fresh oil and it pumped up nicely. All rockers are receiving oil. Now have to kit the carb and get a new distributor and battery.

John - The atf is to loosen up the rings before I turn the engine over by hand. It's pretty good at disolving deposits.

Brandon - I've never had it out. Just got the Mustang Friday. See the post entitled HEY!!! in Sam's Place.

Cruzer - Wasn't going to turn it over with the starter until I got everything loosened up by hand.

Thanks for the suggestions. I've never seen anything like this. Oh well, it's done now.

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Dave Gibson
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From: Pensacola, Florida, USA M&M#166 MCA#47921
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posted 09-25-2002 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave,
Glad to hear that you got the distributor out. Never heard of anyone having so many problems before. At least it is out. Hopefully this is your biggest problem. Have fun and keep us posted please.

Dave & Terri

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Poison Ivy (Dave's)
'65 Fastback Modified 289 4V, C-4, dual exhaust, styled steel wheels, rally pac, A/C
'02 Explorer XLT, Black, 3.73:1 limited slip, class III tow package!

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jsracingbbf
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From: Batesville,MS. , U.S.A.
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 09-26-2002 01:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jsracingbbf   Click Here to Email jsracingbbf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the same problem on a 78 3/4 ton Pick-up with a 351 in it. I had to use a rail road pry bar and pry the distributor out. Amazingly it only ruined the distributor. I tried soaking it in Kroil for a week first but no dice. Glad you got it.

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Jerry Smith
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70 Mustang retired former footbrake car
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