<VV> Prime engine ?

Shelrockbored at aol.com Shelrockbored at aol.com
Wed Jul 10 14:31:46 EDT 2013


One can make a priming tool out of an old distributor.  Remove all the  
wires and ignition paraphernalia from the distributor.  Insert the  tool into 
the distributor aperture making certain the lower end engages the top  of the 
oil pump.  Attache an electric drill to the top end.  Run the  drill for 
several minutes.  Then turn the engine by hand while you run the  drill.  You 
may need two people to do this; run the drill while someone is  turning the 
engine by hand.  This will pump oil to all parts of the  engine.
This procedure is described in the book "Corvair Basics." 
Steve Sassi
Long Island Corvair 
In a message dated 7/10/2013 10:58:42 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
dixon5553 at yahoo.com writes:

Hi, I  have a 110hp late model that has not been run in six years.  I do,  
however,  go turn it over by hand every 6 - weeks or so and have shot oil  
into each cylinder, but now I am ready to actually start it. The engine was  
NOT disassembled only the push rod tube seals replaces thus the the heads 
have  not been off. 
My question is should I prime it (to build up oil  pressure) via the oil 
pump or will simply turning it over via the starter be  enough to get the oil 
pressure to the proper level without any stress on  moving parts.  Do you 
simply stick a screw driver down the distributor  hole and with drill turn the 
oil pump over for say a minute with the drill, is  this the proper 

Also is a 10W-30 grade oil with zinc a  proper grade to use - I see Quakter 
State sells such a product  now. 

Has always, thanks for your  input. 
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