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Old 06-08-2008, 06:08 PM
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Hey guys question is: Is there any other way of priming my SBC before start up besides using that special oil pump priming tool that uses a drill?? The reason I ask is because I can't find anywhere close by that stocks those pump priming tools and they want $100 for one lol. Thanks for any input

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If you have an old dist, you can grind off the teeth on the drive gear and then knock off the rotor plate so you can attach your drill. (that's what I have! LOL)

Another way is to put oil in some kind of tank that can be pressurized and run an oil line from the tank to the rear of the block were the sender is and then pump up the tank.
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And the dist. shaft will fit in a standard drill, no modifications needed?
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It should, unless you have a real tiny chuck. Mine fits a 3/8's drill. I did it all on my grinder, nothing fancy.
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Thanks JMARK, as it turns out I found an old distributor kicking around and I quickly mocked this up. Take a look at the pic, hope it works!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...zaman/tool.jpg
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Thanks JMARK, as it turns out I found an old distributor kicking around and I quickly mocked this up. Take a look at the pic, hope it works!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...zaman/tool.jpg
You need to put the shaft back in the distributor housing or you will not get oil to both heads.
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You need to put the shaft back in the distributor housing or you will not get oil to both heads.

Yep, using only the shaft has caused many a bald head wondering why there is no pressure. LOL
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using only the shaft has caused many a bald head wondering why there is no pressure
Are you saying they scratched their hair off in bewilderment? LOL
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Thanks JMARK, as it turns out I found an old distributor kicking around and I quickly mocked this up. Take a look at the pic, hope it works!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...zaman/tool.jpg
The lower part of the distributor housing AND the priming tool will close off the part of the oil galley that is open to the pan. Without closing this galley off, you will get no oil flow to the passenger side rockers.
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