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Old 10-21-2013, 07:11 PM   #11
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Sounds like your taking all the right steps to me, though I understand your wanting to make sure it right right after all that work.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:12 PM   #12
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The way I prime engines is , put charger on batt because most cases with the engine out even a few weeks its low
Remove plugs this helps a couple things , less psi on the new bearing and pushing out the pre lube oil , engine spins faster where you will get oil with less spinning and spinning the pump faster creates suction sooner in the pump

I also wouldnt use petroleum jelly on the oil pump gears the engine pre lube oil is plenty thick and will stay enough for a few months of sitting to prime just fine

I always pour oil on both cams and the buckets in the head so there well lubed before installing valve cover

If you dont have a oil psi gauge remove the filler cap on the valve cover and spin the engine in 8-12 sec spins till you see oil filling around the cams , this is the highest point furthest away from the oil pump , you see oil here your good to start

I would hook a oil psi gauge and check the psi on any rebuilt engine to confirm

Thats my opinions

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Old 10-21-2013, 07:28 PM   #13
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I want to get an oil pressure gauge for the motor. but right now the extra $ is not in the cards for it at the exact moment and I have not yet completed my custom dash bezel to house the oil pressure gauge.

Opinion on mechanical gauge and having tube go in to the cabin?

Any weight of oil I should use in the whole motor for brake in for the first miles? use a solid 30 weight? or stay with the factory 5W-20 weight oil?
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I'm no expert by no means, but I'm sure what ever oil you use to break it in will be fine just has long as you change it lol
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from auto shop in high school, 500 miles for brake in?
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Well I definitely wouldn't go longer than that with out changing the oil in it IMO. I'm sure Tom or someone will chime in with their experience.
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Tom's oil priming method sounds great.

Yeah, I change pretty quick too, you'll see why when you look at the pulled oil in strong sunlight, it may well look like liquid gold glitter from all the metal wear fragments in it. Why that first change should happen quick. I actually consider a new hot rod motor worth enough to change once at maybe 50-100 and then again before 1000 miles, after that go to normal changes. If you get a lot of glitter I don't like going to 500 first but that's probably just me. The degree of glitter is based on how well parts are machined and how well you clearanced things. Modern factory engines have much less of it because they chase their tooling quality and set clearances very tightly now, but a custom made up hi-perf engine can still have a bunch, a lot of the parts are somewhat mismatched as someone has chosen them to work together.

You need a cheap 'shop' oil pressure gauge that can be put on different things, no need for expensive part there at all. A tool rather than permanent install, just like an amp gauge. One of mine may have cost $10.
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Thanks. I will look at changing oil in the first 100 miles or so.

Same 5W-20 weight as normal? or run a "single" weight of 30w?

I will also look in to an oil pressure gauge like you mention. Should have some on Amazon for cheap.

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This looks like a god kit and not that much and will have every fitting I will ever need.
http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-ATD-5...sure+gauge+kit
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Was hoping not to answer that based on my views, I get too much argument. Suffice to say I do not like 5-20 oil in hi-perf engines even though it may be fine to others. Too light for me. Straight 30 would work fine for break-in, maybe followed by 5-30 or 10-30, depending on how cold in winter.

5-20 oil was picked for CAFE reasons, not max durability. No way on earth would I run that in a hot rod.

Of course the choice is yours not mine............it needs to be full syn to me though if you go lightweight.

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yes, but I am also a prime member so does not mater to much.
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