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Old 05-04-2016, 11:47 AM
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The motor in the car hasn't ben fired in over 18 months. I pulled it a couple of months ago and replaced the oil pan gasket. So I had it turned upside down. Then reinstalled it in the car. I haven't put any oil in it yet. My question is should I get a priming tool and prime the engine? (Remove distributor and turn the oil pump) Or can I just put some oil in through the valve covers, a little into each cylinder and turn it over by hand using the flywheel to lube the cylinder walls? I don't think the engine is anything special but I do plan to drive it for at least a few months. Thanks
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Old 05-04-2016, 01:41 PM
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Shoot some WD-40 in the cylinders. Just in case it is dry. Spin the oil pump is a good idea. I usually spin it till I see oil pressure. Make sure the galleys are full.

Isn't necessary but it worth the time to do it.
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Old 05-04-2016, 02:39 PM
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Flat tappet cam??
I'd prime the heck out of it...using the correct oil. Even though it's been run before.
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