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Old 03-14-2004, 03:25 PM
 
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Priming a fresh rebuilt engine...

Hey Guys,

My brother has just gotten his Pontiac 400 all rebuilt with some performance goodies.
here's the question. Before it is first fired up it needs to be primed to bring oil up thru the motor right. Now, as far as I know this is done by removing the distributor and shaft and using another shaft that is chucked into a drill, then you can prime the oil thru the enigne before starting it.

Here's my question, will the distributor shaft for a Chevy engine work to prime the Pontiac 400? Will these gears mesh up properly? Or do you need to use a pontiac distributor to prime it?

thanks for the help in advance,
Mike

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Old 03-14-2004, 06:15 PM
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You dont want to leave the gear on the shaft. I am not familiar with pontiac oiling, but SBC has to have the distributor installed to pump oil to the top of the engine since the distributor seals the oil path to the lifter bores. What I use is an old distributor with the top guts and the gear removed....just the shaft and housing. It will pump 70 PSI with a 1/2 inch drill.

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Yeah get rid of the gear. You see the gear is driven by the cam. The easier was is to order one for jegs or summit, they are only $15... $25 with shipping. I heard of someone taking a long large flathead screwdrive and cutting off the handle to chuck it in a drill. I prefer buying the right tool.

Oh yeah, I think you want to clockwise with the drill, but double check.
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Old 03-15-2004, 07:59 AM
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Again I am not famliar with pontiac, but if it is like a chevy without the distrubutor or tool to seal the oil passage you will not get oil to the top.

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Old 03-15-2004, 10:21 AM
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hey man, a while back we primed my brothers 350 (?) pontiac using just a drill , a screw driver and a piece of hose to center it on the shaft ..... worked great, pumped oil all teh way up to the lifters before we fired it up

funny thing was ... it was almost a drop in swap to put a 350 poncho into a 83 thunderbird

side note that i leaned from the car .... keep everyone away from the damn gas pedal when tuning a carb ..... its like a damn Murphys law, if the car is backfiring through the carb, someone will punch the pedal while your watching the fuel pattern inside the carb as it runs !

but that was also the last day i ever had to hear a woman say "yout eyebrowns are to thick, theyve gotta be plucked"

-Nick
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