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I reassembled the top end of my engine this past weekend and when I went to turn the oil pump "screw" so the dist would fall right in I noticed the "screw" seemed really loose or "wobbly" almost like a long bolt that is holding on by a few threads. Someone please tell me this is normal.........if not is there a fix short of pulling the motor out and replacing?

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Sweet. Thanks Lugnut!

The engine was originally built about 15 years ago by an experienced builder and has been in my garage ever since. It only has about 2K miles on it. I recently decided to bring her back to life so I rebuilt the top end. I don't know much (especially about the bottom end) so I was horrified when I saw the looseness of the oil pump. Sounds like I'm ok. PHEW!!!!!!!

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That's oil pump drive shaft. When shaft nests into the distributor it's held in place. It's a good idea to prime and test the oil system before you put in the distributor. Get one of those priming tools and spin the pump with a pressure gauge attached.
 
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