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Trick Tool for the Distributor Nut

Does anyone have a trick tool for the distributor nut?

I've tried all the tools in my tool box, even that trick tool for SSI heat exchangers, but nothing seems to work, as the nipple for the districutor vacuum advance seems to keep any tool from engaging that nut. Sockets won't fit under or beside the nipple, even the 13 mm FlexSocket. No box wrench fits, since the engine mount interferes; only an open-end wrench seems to work, but then only at an angle, and I'm afraid that I'll round the nut.

Am thinking of heat-bending a 13 mm box wrench so that the "handle" would be at right angles to the box.

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You can buy pre-bent wrenches designed especially for the job. Check at your local sears.
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Am thinking of heat-bending a 13 mm box wrench so that the "handle" would be at right angles to the box.
that works, or you need a crow-foot wrench
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1/4" drive 13mm wobbly and extension.
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I posted this question two years ago. I got back some pics of heated bent 13mm as described above. The woobly sounds good too. I was thinking - dont they make the wracheting box ends with a joint now too? that would be trick. Glad to see some one else had the same problem :-))
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snap-on makes a 13mm dizzy wrench...$pendy these days, around $45. When Jeff Gamroth installed a RS dizzy in my car, he used a homemade dizzy wrench...a cut-off 13mm craftsman closed end half of a combo wrench welded to a 6" craftsman 3/8 drive extension...said he'd made it years ago. Sure worked well for him...but what does he know? He's only the crew chief for the ALMS series GT championship car... That was he, grinning in the background during the TV interview with the championship driver...

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The cheap 13mm wrench that was in my factory toolkit is just the right length.

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Make sure you get that bugger tight too! If it slips - ..... I burned a piston/cylinder. At least I believe that is what caused it.
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Thanks

Thanks guys,

John Walker - I had thought of a shorter wobble, such as the 1/4", but my 1/4" sockets stop at 12mm, so couldn't try it. I had tried the 3/8" wobble, the flexible extension, including a flex socket, which is the socket with the flex joint attached, but all hit the nipple.

pwd72s - I had given Snap-on a thought, but their tools are so expensive because they are sold by independent entrepreneurs, whose overhead costs must be high. Definitely not retail.

emcon5 - I hadn't tried the wrench in the tool kit. All of my tools are of better quality than what's in the tool kit, but you may be right. That 13mm is hort, and might just fit. I'll try it tonight.

Peter - I will try at Sears for the distributor wrench or another pre-bent one. I may have to drive the 911 to the store to try it.

All in all, it's a wonder that Porsche AG doenn't just move the nipple, so that it doesn't interfere. Spmetimes you wonder why the designers don't "get it". Designers must not "wrench" their own cars. I know from experience that architects who never go out into the field to watch their designs get built are known as "paper architects". The rest of us know how to do what we draw.

Sigh!!!!!!
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I've always used a 13mm socket with a universal joint and a 12" extension on a 3/8 ratchet, no problems.
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I've got a little stubby Craftsman 13mm wrench that does the job.

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I have a 13mm crow foot that goes on the end of a 3/8" extension.
I like JW's idea. I have a 13mm socket with the swivel built onto the socket. I think that's what he's talking about. I got it at sears cheap! Can't wait to try it. The crow foot has a tendancy to fall off.
Mine's an extra PIA because I have that funky CAB motor mount with the dampner on it.
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I would check eBay for a distributor wrench. I got a whole selection of SAE and metric sizes..including the expensive Snap-on 13mm for about 20$ ina recent eBay bit of luck. Sears used to have a double ended version (was it 7/16 on one end and 13mm on the other?)
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the 13mm sort- a-crows foot w/ the knurled end also accpts a ratchet.
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How about this one:

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Verbergs two piece wrench on the right fits 327 Chebbys. The 1/2' end will probably fit the 13mm on your motor.

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