Oh no: I was changing the intake manifold gasket everything was going OK, put the intake on with the distributor in the hole....THEN I pulled the distributor up to check if it was off one tooth, heard a metallic clink and ---no shaft in the hole. Cannot see it anywhere. Any hope to retrieve this ? I cannot see it down the dist hole, I assume it went into the pan. Has anyone ever gotten one out through the oil pan drain plug, Or am I doomed to pull off the timing cover, water pump ---or worse? Thanks for all your expertise. First FE I ever worked on, except as a kid, changing the oil on Mom's O/T LTD. 1964 Factory service manual is not much help.