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I prefer the "pull coil wire" and engage starter for oil priming.

I get that using a drill would be better for the engine, but TWICE I've had the oil pump shaft be jammed into the distributor so hard that the retainer spring pulled loose, and THEN despite being stuck in the distributor the shaft CAME LOOSE and fell back into the engine block before I could secure it.

One time I was able to easily retrieve the pump shaft with a small magnetic pick up tool. Once I had to pull the engine cross member and oil pan to get the shaft back. That one ended up being tougher because one of the cross member bolts broke off inside the frame nut.

Then you've got to deal with the timing issue don't pull the distributor unless I have to.
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