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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2002, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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do I need to prime the engine, and how?

the 360 I am putting in my jeep has not been started for at least six months that I know of..do I need to reprime it before I fire it up, or will it be fine if I just squirt some oil down the cylinders?...If I need to prime it, what is the correct procedure to do this?...thanks again, Ben

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Re: do I need to prime the engine, and how?

The first thing I'd do would be to pre-lube the system by spinning the oil pump with a huge screwdriver shank attached to a drill. This gets some oil up in the gallies, into the bearings... It never hurts to lube things before you attempt to fire 'er up.

A little oil down the cylinders woudln't hurt a bit...as long as it's only a little oil... In fact, I'd leave the spark plugs out for the first few revs. Then put the spark plugs back in and see if it will fire up.


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Re: do I need to prime the engine, and how?

thanks for the good advice like always, Leve!!

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Re: do I need to prime the engine, and how?

LEVE is correct.
Change the oil and filter before priming the engine. (and do it again in about 150 miles)

You can make a primer tool out of an old distributor shaft with he gear ground off the iron collar for the oil pump connection and turn it with a drill, you can use a large screwdriver blade with a piece of fuel line slipped over the blade and secured to the shaft (to keep your primer on the oil pump shaft).

Some engine shops and parts stores will rent you a primer tool... It's a good bit of money spent.

If you can't find a distributor shaft around there, let me know, and I have a couple around here I'll lend you, (you pay shipping...).

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Re: do I need to prime the engine, and how?

Just don't do what I did on one of my rebuilds...........
It was a 289 ford and I didn't even have the valve covers on. I had the eng. set down in the car and it was one of the last things I was going to do. Well seems like my high rpm 1/2 hp drill and the high volumn oil pump worked pretty good. Like mabe too good. I never thought too much about it but a few seconds of cranking on the drill produces and "explosion" of oil off the rocker arms. Enough to have coated the (ex) beautifull eng. bay and have oil running down the outsides of the fenders on my 66 Fairlane conv.
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Re: do I need to prime the engine, and how?

My homemade primer tool (3/8" stainless rod pounded flat on the end) kept coming off so I welded an old metric socket to it. Works great. Using a piece of fuel line is a good idea too.

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Re: do I need to prime the engine, and how?

Take an old 1/2 inch wood drill bit and grind the point off. Drop a 1/2 inch 6 point deep socket over it before you chuck it. The socket will just clear the bit and fits right over the oil pump shaft. Works great and will not fly off.

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Re: do I need to prime the engine, and how?

Pigpen, that is sheer genius!
That is a cheap enough 'do' that you could even buy the parts new and get away with it.


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