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Yes, you need to remove the distributor.

It should only go in one way, so you don't have to be on TDC #1. You can just make a note (scribe a line, take a pic, make a sketch, whatever) of where the rotor was pointing, and then put the distributor back in that way when you're done. Unless you're really precise with your measurements, though, you'll want to re-check the ignition timing after you're done.

Replacing the O-ring is probably not the worst idea in the world. They are pretty cheap, and as long as you're taking it apart anyway... That said, I haven't always replaced it when R&Ring the distributor.

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