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14GPDJENGINEERING Avatar
Silver Spring, MD, USA   USA
Not a big deal. RTFM

The proper way is to use a small pin punch & carefully drive the gear out from the cable side.
Then you can reuse the plug.

A little Loctite will hold it in.



Dennis smiling smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-11-01 08:55 PM by 14GPDJENGINEERING.

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dplass Silver Member David P
Merrick, New York, USA   USA
1972 Triumph GT6 MkIII "The Beast"
2011 Ford Fusion
I did as suggested and got the plug out.

Unfortunately now I [url=]can't get the pin out[/url]. Meh. It keeps fighting and I keep losing...



-D

1972 GT6 MK3 "The Beast"

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada   CAN
Put the drive gear in the jaws of the vice. Hit the pin with a punch, I am sure you can find it!

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14GPDJENGINEERING Avatar
Silver Spring, MD, USA   USA
Those pins are very tough to dislodge. I usually resort to drilling. Start with a 1/8 inch drill and if necessary work up to 3/16 (the diameter of the pin).

As Tony said clamp the dog in your vise.



Dennis smiling smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-11-03 08:40 PM by 14GPDJENGINEERING.

Tonyfixit Avatar
Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada   CAN
When going back together I slightly countersink the holes in the dog, use a brass pin, and peen the ends into the countersunk holes.

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dplass Silver Member David P
Merrick, New York, USA   USA
1972 Triumph GT6 MkIII "The Beast"
2011 Ford Fusion
Thanks everyone for the advice. I'll try it again.



-D

1972 GT6 MK3 "The Beast"

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Greg1835 Greg S
Rudolph, Wisconsin, USA   USA
When I took the one off my Spit, Dave, I really had to wail on it. Almost seems like it's an interference fit.

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14GPDJENGINEERING Avatar
Silver Spring, MD, USA   USA
It is like a solid rivet on both sides. Grind or file some into the dog to get a better drilling spot and to see the parting line.

You may need to drill from both sides.



Dennis smiling smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-11-04 02:53 PM by 14GPDJENGINEERING.

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Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA   USA
Clamp the actual dizzy shaft in a plastic jawed vice and use a super fine drift. In a pinch you can fashion a one job tool at the bench grinder from a nail. Hold the nail in vice grips so it doesn't exit - stage left.

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spitfire50 Paul Mugford
Rochester, N.H., USA   USA
In reply to # 1495849 by Doug in Vegas Clamp the actual dizzy shaft in a plastic jawed vice and use a super fine drift. In a pinch you can fashion a one job tool at the bench grinder from a nail. Hold the nail in vice grips so it doesn't exit - stage left.
Doug,
Those pins don't come out that easy. A nail will be too soft to do the job . It will just bend. A concrete nail or one meant to be driven by a powder charge might be hard enough.
Dennis P is right, the pin is more like a rivet, removing the head from one side makes getting it out much easier.
All the best,
Paul

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dplass Silver Member David P
Merrick, New York, USA   USA
1972 Triumph GT6 MkIII "The Beast"
2011 Ford Fusion
Update: there is no update. I continued to file down the one side and was able to see the pin, clamped it down, and started whacking with a sharp punch and 4 lb sledge. Still not moving...



-D

1972 GT6 MK3 "The Beast"

clshore Carter Shore
Beverly Hills, Florida, USA   USA
In reply to # 1496209 by dplass Update: there is no update. I continued to file down the one side and was able to see the pin, clamped it down, and started whacking with a sharp punch and 4 lb sledge. Still not moving...

'Sharp'?
You need a pin punch like this:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/TEKTON-1-8-in-Pin-Punch-66053/205820407?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D25T-Garage-Automotive%7c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1Z6Fhciq1wIVxbrACh1ZLgnyEAYYCCABEgJ6O_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CMbClZfIqtcCFYmtaQodQeoDTA

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Rick in Miami Rick Z
Miami, Florida, USA   USA
1973 Triumph GT6 MkIII "Spit 6"
1974 Jensen Healey
On several occasions I have found it necessary to take a distributor to a local machine or auto repair shop to have the factory pin pressed out. On reassembly (make sure the drive dog is properly oriented to your rotor position) I replace the factory pin with a roll/tension pin from the local hardware store.

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dplass Silver Member David P
Merrick, New York, USA   USA
1972 Triumph GT6 MkIII "The Beast"
2011 Ford Fusion
Yup, I have this set: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Mayhew-Punch-and-Chisel-Set-12-Piece-61040/203353841

which has almost the same exact punch.

In reply to # 1496215 by clshore
In reply to # 1496209 by dplass Update: there is no update. I continued to file down the one side and was able to see the pin, clamped it down, and started whacking with a sharp punch and 4 lb sledge. Still not moving...

'Sharp'?
You need a pin punch like this:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/TEKTON-1-8-in-Pin-Punch-66053/205820407?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D25T-Garage-Automotive%7c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1Z6Fhciq1wIVxbrACh1ZLgnyEAYYCCABEgJ6O_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CMbClZfIqtcCFYmtaQodQeoDTA



-D

1972 GT6 MK3 "The Beast"

Mark Jones Avatar
Close to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada   CAN
1995 MG MGF "Barney"
1996 Land Rover Discovery
I was thinking of Jeff as a source for the springs.

In reply to # 1495304 by dplass I'd prefer to do it myself; working on The Beast is my hobby!

In reply to # 1495295 by Mark Jones Try Jeff at Advanced Distributors





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