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Distributor help needed

I m working on a ford f150 1986 302 v8 FI. I am trying to set the timing but i can't get the distributor to turn at all, its like it is stuck, I have never seen one like this. Any help thanks David
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I m working on a ford f150 1986 302 v8 FI. I am trying to set the timing but i can't get the distributor to turn at all, its like it is stuck, I have never seen one like this. Any help thanks David
It's corroded into place on the front aluminum timing cover.
This is pretty common where water was allowed to stand on the front of the engine for long periods,
Like when the radiator hose/thermostat neck was allowed to leak or rain was allowed to puddle on top of the engine.

You are just going to have to get a large strap wrench and get a grip on the outside ring of the distributor housing and make it break loose...

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Thanks for the info. Could I use some penetrating oil around the base of the distributor to try to loosen it first or would that hurt it?
It figures, I just took it to the mechanic to have the timing set and he charged me $30! And I'm still having trouble getting it to start when it's hot so I was just going to bump it a degree! Curious how he set it!!!!
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Thanks for the info. Could I use some penetrating oil around the base of the distributor to try to loosen it first or would that hurt it?
It figures, I just took it to the mechanic to have the timing set and he charged me $30! And I'm still having trouble getting it to start when it's hot so I was just going to bump it a degree! Curious how he set it!!!!
The problem 'Hot Starting' is the Initial Advance is too much for the current engine arrangment right now!
HEI conversions are good at that.

Try RETARDING the Initial timing a little and see if that helps the 'Hot Start' Issue.

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