Originally Posted by 02essess
Hope this isn't a totally dumb question....I am rebuilding a SBC, got it mostly done, tossed in some oil, and spun the oil pump thru the distributer hole. I was a bit concerned about the oil pump I was using. The driver's side seemed to be oiling just fine, coming up the pushrods, into the rockers, etc. But the passenger side was dry as a bone. Oil should flow everywhere, regardless of the crank or cam position, shouldn't it??
Before the re-build, I pushed a rod through all the oil passages around the cam, everything seemed to be clean.
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Originally Posted by Chucky5150
If the mechanic next door doesn't have anything that can work all I need is a small 3/8 - 1/2 piece of round stock with a notch to fit into the oil pump, right?
That will spin the pump, but the body of the distributor (and good primer tools) have a journal seal that allows the pressurized oil to pass to both oil galleys on either side of the cam tunnel.
You can make one from a Chevy distributor (except BBC w/tall deck or 348/409 engines) by either grinding off the gear teeth or removing the gear totally, then mod the upper end of the dist. to allow a drill to chuck onto the shaft.
Rotate the engine slowly as you spin the primer tool.
Optional to this is to use a pressurized pre-oiler through a port that intersects an oil galley.