<VV> Prime engine ?

Mark Durham 62vair at gmail.com
Thu Jul 11 00:03:15 EDT 2013

Rich, when I rebuilt my engine I primed the engine with a large and long
flat blade screwdriver. You can do it with a drill, however, I just turned
the pump until it built up pressure so I could not turn it any more, and
repeated it until the oil level quit dropping, showing oil had filled all
the galleys. It took 7 times. I took off one valve cover and got oil out to
the rockers that way, so it even filled the lifters so they made no clatter
on real start.

Then I installed the distributer, turned it over with the starter and no
spark plugs installed, oil pressure came up in about a half second, so I
know my procedure works and you don't have to build or buy anything if you
have the screw driver to fit.

Then I put in the cleaned and gapped plugs and the oil pressure put the
light out just before the engine started.

Mark Durham.

On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM, rich dixon <dixon5553 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> 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
> procedure?
> 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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