The distributor will need to be removed. The magnet is permanently attached to the distributor shaft and the shaft is held in place by a roll-pin thatpasses through the distributor drive gear on the bottom side of the distributor. Magnet on top, gear down in the engine, distributor shaft and housing in the middle.
When standing on the passanger side looking at the distributor the top right plug is cylinder one (the cylinder closest to the distributor). The top left plug on the distributor is cylinder two. The bottom left plug is cylinder three. Finally the bottom left plug is cylinder four (the cylinder furthest from the distributor, closest to the timing gear). Hope this helps.
There is a gear on the distributor shaft and a gear on the end of the camshaft that it engages with. The gear on the camshaft cannot be removed as it is part of the camshaft. The gear on the distributor shaft can be removed if it is worn; however, this is rare. These two gears must be in proper mesh for the engine to run; one cog off and it will not start.If you need further assistance google ' finding top dead center on a 350 chevy'.
Typical: Remove distributor. Use punch to tap roll pin from gear at base of distributor. Use an arbor press (not a hammer) to press distributor mainshaft out of gear. Shaft will then easily come free of the distributor. If a hammer is used, now replace the complete distributor. Unbolt the pickup and replace. Reinstall shaft and gear being sure that gear hole aligns with shaft hole. Install a new roll pin. Install in vehicle. Set ignition timing.
Oil in DistributorIt's been a long time since I've faced this issue. To my recollection there are two causes for oil accumulation in the distributor:Someone lubricated the distributor cam and the lubricating pad with too much oil. The correction for this is just to remove the oil from the areas it's not supposed to be.The other cause of oil in the distributor is the result of crankcase lubricating oil "migrating" up from the engine below. The distributor cam and its shaft is rotated by a gear at the bottom being driven from a gear on the crankshaft in the engine.To prevent oil from getting up into the distributor there is usually a rubber-like "O-ring" in the distributor [near the bottom] to seal the passage. If this O-ring is worn, then oil can get past it.There may be other causes, but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment.
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