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Old 09-28-2007, 02:10 PM
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Filling a new turbo 350

I'm working on a customer car that has a fresh rebuilt hotrod turbo 350 (behind a hotrod 350 sbc). It was assembled several years ago and never run or used. I pulled the pan and other than a few spots of trans fluid it is bone dry.

Unfortunately it is already installed in the car and I doubt that the converter was filled or primed before installation.

Is it possible to feed fluid thru the lower cooler line and at least prime the pump??? I'm sure there is at least assembly fluid in the trans but after several years it may be pretty dry. It turns over very easy with the converter bolts out. Maybe I could just put about 8 qts in the trans and fire it up then adjust the level as necessary.

It would be lot of extra work to remove the trans at this point but of course it may be even worse if it get's messed up.

I've not done it this way before. We always filled the converter before installation and just started the motor up. Never had problems even on cars that sat for a while.

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Put about 6 qts in and fire her up, run it thru the gears , put back in park and top off should be ok.However if it is really making ya nervous just to be safe you could remove the converter bolts from the flexplate.put 6 qts. in it and spin the conveter several times to prime the pump.
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:26 PM
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Thanks barny... I think I'll just do the fill like you say. It should pick up the prime ok. I looked up the oil circuits and with about 3-4 qt initial over fill the oil is almost even with the bottom of the pump.
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