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Can I replace the Pick-Up coil without pulling the distributor?
« on: December 15, 2006, 11:21:45 AM »
Like the title says. I am having a heck of a time getting to the bolt that holds down the distributor on my 84 318....I can see the coil - is it possible to swap out the pickup coil without pulling the distributor?
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Re: Can I replace the Pick-Up coil without pulling the distributor?
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2006, 11:27:00 AM »
well the first thing is did you remove the COIL so its out of the way / because with the coil removed the DIST bolt is REAL easy to get too
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Re: Can I replace the Pick-Up coil without pulling the distributor?
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2006, 11:29:54 AM »
As far as i know of.. no.

That bolt can be a bitch sometimes, there is a tool designed for removing the bolt but i ended up twisting the tool up like a pretzel.  So i took a box-end wrench (your average closed end wrench) heated it with the torch, bent it into an L.. reinforced it with some extra metal at the bend and welded a broken socket on the top of the L so i could attach a ratchet.  

Works wonders, sometimes you may have to heat the bolt with a small torch till it glows a bit.. if that doesn't work let it cool down and spray it with some PB Blaster, let it sit for a few minutes and try turning it again
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Re: Can I replace the Pick-Up coil without pulling the distributor?
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2006, 11:37:55 AM »
I imagine it could be done, but a big PITA, worse than just removing the distributor IMO.
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Re: Can I replace the Pick-Up coil without pulling the distributor?
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2006, 12:40:12 PM »
Like the title says. I am having a heck of a time getting to the bolt that holds down the distributor on my 84 318....I can see the coil - is it possible to swap out the pickup coil without pulling the distributor?

You need a distributor wrench.  Parts stores like Pep-Boys, etc have them but Napa sells one piece units that are better.  The wrench is a long hockey-stick like tool that lets you get to the bolt easily. 

Working on the distributor out of the engine is a lot easier and it's worth the effort.
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Re: Can I replace the Pick-Up coil without pulling the distributor?
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2006, 12:16:38 AM »
I have used a 1/4inch drive socket with a long extension and deep 1/2inch socket to take the bolt loose and works pretty well. On my 88 and on an 86 I had for a little while.
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Re: Can I replace the Pick-Up coil without pulling the distributor?
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2006, 12:42:20 AM »
Here's one type of distributor wrench.


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Re: Can I replace the Pick-Up coil without pulling the distributor?
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2006, 09:54:54 AM »
I got mine from Sears (craftsmen) they had both  Dodge big block and small block I think it was around $19 bucks
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