Tom, you'll need to "rotate" the wires on the distributor cap after you rotate the distributor body and make a longer wire from the - coil post to the distributor. Of course, you'll need to check the timing again.
My guess is that the distributor was originally mounted the way it's on your tractor. The manual says that the oil in the distributor is good for 1500 hours, so it's not something that's done very often.
You could remove the distributor cap and points wire, loosen the clamp, rotate the distributor around to get to the screw and check the oil, then rotate the distributor back to it's original position. If you used a scribe to mark the original position of the distributor, then you wouldn't even have to check the timing.
Thanks, Bill. I think I'll try to check/fill it as is.
1,500 hours will outlast me, then the next guy can worry about it!
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