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    Distributor rebuild thread. (questions)

    First off, I will post pictures later but tonight I'm wondering if there's a special trick to get the small circlip into the top of the distributor to hold down the stuff inside the distributor?
    Getting it out was relatively easy, once I finally found the clip in another room of the house...
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    As promised, pictures.

    Here's what the inside of the distributor used to look like.




    Here's what it looks like now. And the clip I can't seem to get into it's lock place.



    Made a special tool to put the clip in. That didn't work. Any ideas would be awesome.
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    I'm not 100% sure that I know what you're talking about, but I assume it's a clip around the shaft at the top. The thought occurs to me that you might be able to get it started on the shaft by using an old rotor to push it on.

    I used to have to work with C and E clips a lot. I, too, have had them go flying, never to be found again.

    The "special trick" of which you speak is to have a whole box of 100 new clips to replace the 5-6 that you'll lose trying to get just one of them on.


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    Oh, I see your pics now. Man, that is a real bugger of a clip location. Maybe spit on a small socket, Bic pen, nut driver, or some other tubular item and stick the clip to the spit and quick push it on?


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    Two small screwdrivers always worked for me. Just hold one end down and walk the other in place.

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    90% of the time I'd use a tiny pair of needle nose pliers I own, but I seem to recall I had some thinwall tubing which made the job a lot easier....when I could find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RallyBob View Post
    90% of the time I'd use a tiny pair of needle nose pliers I own, but I seem to recall I had some thinwall tubing which made the job a lot easier....when I could find it.
    And you usually find it a week AFTER you needed it!
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    I never lost the clip!!!

    So, while at work, I was thinking I could just make a clip spreader. Easy enough, right?

    I already had the normal C-clip type spreader so I thought I'd just modify it. It's a cheapo Harbor Freight version so it wouldn't matter if I messed it up.



    I started with a small engraver bit.


    Did I say small? It's friggin TINY!!

    (Dremel item 106, in case you are wondering)

    And went to grind a small recess in the back of the c-clip spreader.



    To get this nifty little tool.



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    Next I looked at the clip and saw that the sharp profile was on the inside of the clip.



    That won't work as the tool would be between the shaft top and the clip. So I ground a new point on the clip using a metal cutting blade on the Dremel to get this


    That's more like it. Now to fit the clip onto the spreaders. OOPS, it doesn't quite fit.


    So I took the little grinding wheel, on the dremel, and removed some of the metal from the spreaders. Now it fits!!


    And it's held in place perfectly!!



    And then I spent the next 20 minutes trying to get the stupid clip on the stupid shaft and nothing I did would allow the spreaders to open far enough to get the clip on. It kept slipping and turning vertical.

    So, I gave up and made a different tool.

    If you read this far, do NOT bother with the stuff above.

    Here's the tool I made. It's a simple aluminum sleeve that, literally, pops the clip right on in less than a second.


    I added the dimensions in case anyone needs to make one of these.

    And I'm so glad for the little tool and the ease in which it works BECAUSE....
    I forgot to put the little washer on the top of the shaft before installing the clip. Without the little washer the advance mechanism just slides right off as if the clip wasn't there.

    So, I pulled the clip back off and added the washer. Then used my new tool to, once again, pop the clip on in less than a second.

    BTW, if I had the washer on there in the first place, I probably could have done it without the silly little tool but it still would have taken some time. The missing washer was what allowed the clip to slip off the shaft and down next to it.


    Thanks for the input, guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by First opel 1981 View Post
    Next I looked at the clip and <SNIP>

    So, I gave up and made a different tool.

    If you read this far, do NOT bother with the stuff above.

    Here's the tool I made. It's a simple aluminum sleeve that, literally, pops the clip right on in less than a second.


    I added the dimensions in case anyone needs to make one of these.

    And <SNIP>

    Thanks for the input, guys.
    OK First, I've gone a little cross eyed looking at the tool! Is there a slight bevel on the end or is the edge square? I'm thinking a bevel helps spread the clip so it starts easier. Without the bevel I would think it would still be hard to start? Either way, I like simple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slracer View Post
    OK First, I've gone a little cross eyed looking at the tool! Is there a slight bevel on the end or is the edge square? I'm thinking a bevel helps spread the clip so it starts easier. Without the bevel I would think it would still be hard to start? Either way, I like simple!

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    What I did was run a cutting tool in the material area of the "ring" of the tool. It's actually concave, although it looks beveled. I did it freehand on the lathe just cuz it didn't need to be deep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opelwasp View Post
    I'm interested in one. You mind making one for me and I'll paypal you $10?
    Well, I hadn't really thought about making them for other people but it's easy enough to make another (just finished it). I'll PM you.
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    I think I used a long 3/8" socket. Between metric and SAE I think you could find just the right size. IIRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmbinjax View Post
    I think I used a long 3/8" socket. Between metric and SAE I think you could find just the right size. IIRC
    That hole is 1/4" (0.246 actual) and the OD is 3/8" (0.374) so that will be a really thin wall socket (the 1/4" is measured across the flats remember). However, if you find the 3/8" OD with a smaller opening, you might be able to drill it out to 1/4". HTH -- Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by slracer View Post
    That hole is 1/4" (0.246 actual) and the OD is 3/8" (0.374) so that will be a really thin wall socket (the 1/4" is measured across the flats remember). However, if you find the 3/8" OD with a smaller opening, you might be able to drill it out to 1/4". HTH -- Doug
    Good point. I can't remember what I used then, but I do know I found something laying around to push it on without too much difficulty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmbinjax View Post
    I think I used a long 3/8" socket. Between metric and SAE I think you could find just the right size. IIRC
    well I found a socket that worked too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomking View Post
    well I found a socket that worked too.
    And the size is/was ...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slracer View Post
    And the size is/was ...?
    I dont recall as it has been a few years.
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