Except I don't have the tool to do it. So I ordered one. It'll be here in a few days - which is decent timing because I'm going to Chicago for work for a couple of days.
programmable distributor which eliminates the points and condenser can. It's modernization for the sake of reliability. I will also probably sell off two of the three ZV/JCU 4R3 distributors that I have since I am no longer in love with them after this whole episode. There's good reason they were only used for one year, I suppose.
In any event, I should be able to move the distributor drive gear, fix the timing and be able to drive the car by next weekend. In a couple of weeks, I can swap out the distributor for the programmable one and gain a slight improvement in form and function. It'll allow me to test out the distributor so that I can determine if I want one on my bigger engine.
Doesn't seem like much but I feel like I've made some progress - on paper - for now.
By the time I get back, I should have a few boxes of parts at the house - including the parking brake cables. I'm looking forward to finishing up those brakes so I can move on to other things.