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I need to remove the distributor on an 81 Elky 305 V8 with HEI distributor, no vacuum advance (ESC). What's the trick to loosening the distributor hold-down clamp? Special wrench needed?

I have to replace a faulty pickup coil that's affecting the timing dramatically.
 

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Yeah, your local parts store (Autozone, NAPA, whatever) should carry the wrench you need. It's kind of L shaped and fits on a ratchet. I'm not sure what they might call it on the package... I've always called it a "distributor wrench", but that's probably not the official name.
 

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Ok I got the distributor out using the "offset distributor wrench" from my local auto parts store. Now how do I get the roll pin out which holds the gear on the end. I've tried everything I know. I've used a nail set (too small), a screwdriver (too large). Is there a trick here or a tool I need?
 

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Thanks, I'll see if I can find a drift punch at my local parts house. Looks like a handy tool for other uses too.
 
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