Distributer hold down bolt. Can’t access.

Discussion in 'General Ranchero Help' started by HappyFlappy, Oct 4, 2020.

  1. HappyFlappy

    HappyFlappy In First Gear

    I have a 73 ranchero with a 351cj. I did points and I need to fix timing. My engine has air conditioning and it’s in the way. Is there a way to do timing without removing the compressor?
     
  2. Hillbilly

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    Go to a decent auto parts house, they will have or can get what is called a "Distributor Wrench ". It will be bent in such a fashion needed to reach under the distributor to get at that hold down bolt. Not expensive and saves a lot of cursing.
     
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    Everyone who diddles with timing has one!
     
  5. TestDummy

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    I have swivel sockets.
     
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  6. Mycuzinvinny

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    I need to buy one also. Is it a standard size or is each distributor hold down bolt different? 1976 351M with factory air.
     
  7. handy_andy_cv64

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    Ford is 1/2", GM is 9/16" for SAE engines. It's why you get two ends.
     
  8. Mycuzinvinny

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    Thanks
     
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    That's why we're all here! You're quite welcome!
     
  10. Chigger1

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    Made mine out of an old extra 1/2 wrench. Heated it with a torch then just make your bend.
     
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