I replaced the distributor seal, which was leaking enough oil to have an occasional drip off the transmission casing.
You can see by the pic that the (still original) ignition wires preclude much rotation error on distributor re-installation.
Regardless, I marked the distributor location to ensure the orientation was correct.
After reassemby, the engine wouldn't start. So, I thought, what did I do???
My test light showed no spark from the coil, so I tried my new spare. Nothing.
Next I tried my spare ICM, and it started right up. Hmmm... too coincidental...
I noticed the old ICM spade lugs were corroded, so I sanded the corrosion off, applied dielectric grease and reinstalled the old ICM.
Bingo! Fired right up.
Even though I didn't touch the connector, moving the wires that attach to the spade lugs to ensure they were going to be inside the cap must have disturbed the connection.
So then I also put the old coil back on. Now I have new spares that have been tested & verified as good.
I had a spare ICM & coil due to a couple of warm engine no-starts 2 years ago. The following day, the engine would start.
After monkeying with the coil and ICM, the engine started & has since.
Now, I'm suspicious that the spade lug connection was the problem then too.
Since the distributor typically has corrosion issues under the cap, maybe rusty ICM lugs are the cause of some ICM replacements.
Next time you fault the ICM, have a look at the spade lugs. If they're rusty, try cleaning them and see if that fixes the no-start.
It might be enough to unplug and reconnect the connector a couple of times to restore a connection. Handy if you're out somewhere...
Anyone else have this experience?