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    Posted: 15-January-2017 at 10:33AM
Guys, hope to be lighting off my 460 in a few weeks and I have an old distributor that I want to break down and use as a oil pump primer. Anyone ever made a priming tool form an old 460 distributor? Any tricks and suggestions on how to proceed?

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I did the same thing with an old 460 points distributor. Just use a punch/drift to drive the pin that holds the cam gear in place(remove gear) and install like regular distributor. I cannot remember the size of the socket I used to turn the shaft, it was a deep dwell 1/2" drive, used both a socket wrench(while on the engine stand) and a cordless drill with a 1/2" socket adapter)once engine installed prior to "real" distributor installation. Make sure you upgrade the oil pump drive shaft to a Ford Motorsport unit AND do not forget to install the collar that keeps the oil pump drive shaft "in place" if ever you remove the distributor. Good luck. 

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Do you need the distributor? I know that you do with a chevy, because the distributor body routes oil around it from somewhere to somewhere and it won't prime properly. Ford smallblocks don't need the distributor, but IDK about 460.
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i made one for a SBC by removing the gear teeth, lathe works great, or you can grind them off
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Originally posted by Big Bird Big Bird wrote:

Do you need the distributor? I know that you do with a chevy, because the distributor body routes oil around it from somewhere to somewhere and it won't prime properly. Ford smallblocks don't need the distributor, but IDK about 460.

Really don't know if the entire distributor is necessary or not but I have an old one on hand so I figured I was part of the way there.....

Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

i made one for a SBC by removing the gear teeth, lathe works great, or you can grind them off

CJ, aren't the teeth pinned to the shaft?


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yes on a ford i think you can just remove the gear, end of the shaft drives the pump
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all you need is a speed handle, 3/8" extension, 1/4" adapter & a 5/16" socket
 
crank the oil pump drive shaft counter clockwise with the speed handle tool
 
turn the crank bolt 90*, oil some more
 
repeat until you have oil flowing at each rocker
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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

all you need is a speed handle, 3/8" extension, 1/4" adapter & a 5/16" socket
 
crank the oil pump drive shaft counter clockwise with the speed handle tool
 
turn the crank bolt 90*, oil some more
 
repeat until you have oil flowing at each rocker
that's how i primed my windsor, but i used a 1/2" makita drill in reverse
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