Good Day 69 Coupe (73 block)
I have been asking many questions as I prepare to start my engine after 37 years.
Engine completely rebuilt. Assembled with plenty of assembly lube. Hooked up battery just to make sure it turns freely and new starter operational. Turns fine, but even though I have only cranked for max of 10 seconds on about 10 occasions, oil pressure needle doesn’t budge, at all. (new oil gauge, hooked up properly) I poured a small amount of oil in each cylinder every 2 or 3 times I cranked. Pulled oil pressure sending unit and no sign of oil in sender bottom port.
** I have a 73 block with the stock filter
I removed the oil filter and just a very little bit of oil was in the filter housing. Only the very lowest part of the filter was oil-soaked.
The oil pump is new. I did not do anything special to prime the oil pump when installed. The engine has only been assembled withing the last 2 months. Proper amount of oil in sump.
I do not want to continue cranking without some input as to anything I can do to verify all is proper. Was thinking of removing the filter housing and cranking to see if anything blows out of the ports, but that doesn’t sound real smart! Is there a method to assist in priming at this point? Other than rigging up gas to try and fire it up, all is double checked except this issue.