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Priming and timing my 364 Nailhead

I need some assistance on priming my 364 Nailhead on a '58 Buick. I purchased the GM tool that goes down the distributor shaft. I know I have to attach it to the drill and let it go, but for how long and do I have to remove the plugs first? Is there a special way to set the timing before I turn it over? First time doing this, so I'm a little nervous. thanks for any advice you can offer.
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The primer tool is run until pressure remains steady on gauge. I usually oil the rockers, pushrods and valve tips seperately on a nailhead.

Set no. 1 cylinder at top center with both valves closed. Remember this is not a small block Chevy. No. 1 cylinder is the furthest forward cylinder. Set distrib into engine, remember to engage the oil pump correctly. Find the spot you will call no. 1 on the distrib, turn dist till points open. Wire cap 1 2 7 8 4 5 6 3. Engine will fire on first crank, if fuel is present.

Get ready for some serious crusing.....Love those old nailheads,, rump,,rump,,rump..
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We converted the distributor to electronic so the Ignitor is in there now. When you say set no. 1 cylinder at top dead center, you do that by turning the crank with a breaker bar, correct? Also, how do you know you are engaging the oil pump correctly? Thanks again!
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If the oil pump isn't engaged correctly, then you won't be able to get the distributor base to drop all the way down. You'll know it is in when it slides in. You'll have to spin the oil pump drive to get it in the correct position for the correct #1 cylinder location on the cap.

Good luck and love the Nailhead. When the Chevy guys give you poop about the Buick remind them what was going on in '58 - Buick was making 450 ft/lbs of torque and Chevy wasn't even close - for whatever reason
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