Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Washington, Michigan USA
The oil pump doesn't care where it is, and the distributor does (in order to locate the advance can properly so it doesn't hit anything when trying to set the timing). Just set the engine at #1 TDC and insert the distributor so the rotor ends up lined up with #1 in the cap and the advance can is in the right position, about 45 degrees right of center; it helps to pre-position the slot in the oil pump drive shaft with a long screwdriver so the slot aims at the #5 intake rocker. The distributor should drop right in if you move the rotor counterclockwise about 45 degrees first; when the drive gear engages the cam gear on the way in, it will bring the rotor back to the #1 position when it engages the oil pump shaft and seats fully on the manifold. You may have to do this a couple of times and alter the position of the slot in the oil pump shaft a little, but it will drop in when everything lines up. Before you drop it back in, put the cap on with a little piece of tape on the outside of the cap marking the outside of the cap at the #1 terminal position, and mark the outside of the distributor in the same place so you know where the #1 final position for the rotor is during the installation.
'69 Z28 Fathom Green