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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 4th, 02, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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I recentyl pulled my engine so I could replace my oil pan and timing cover gaskets. I pur everything back together,and the engine is now back in the car. I go to start it up and the thing is ticking and rattling like crazy. It sounds like there isn't enough oil in the lifters. I mocked up an oil pressure gauge and it shows that I have no pressure in the system. What could be wrong and what can I do to fix this?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 4th, 02, 01:04 PM
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Did you remember to re-install:
1. the oil pump drive shaft (goes from the distributor to the oil pump to make it turn)

2. Any oil galley plugs in the rear of the block (doubtful cause you'd see a major oil leak on the ground).

3. oil galley plugs in the front of the block behind the timing chain.

Before starting it again I'd pull the distributor, make sure the shaft is there, and prime the system until I got pressure on a mechanical oil pressure gauge. Use the priming tool that's like the bottom of a distributor and a drill. DON'T start it again until you know it has oil pressure.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old May 4th, 02, 02:33 PM
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Hi Phil,

Ouch! I can't think of much more than Jody covered already. How far apart did the engine come?

We've all had learning experiences along the way. Can we assume there's oil in the pan? Anything can happen and I could see that cute neighbor washing her car in those little shorts she wears... Well you get where I'm coming from! As Jody said "Don't start it wiithout pressure"...

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old May 4th, 02, 07:01 PM
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Dang it Phil, what did you do now?
Hey guy's, I think he's standing in the garage holding a beer bouncing his head back & forth on the wall saying, "stupid, stupid, stupid!
What did you forget Phil?
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old May 5th, 02, 06:33 AM
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Phil, when you had your pan off could you have bumped your oil pickup tube, either cracking it above the oil line or knocking it loose altogether?
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old May 5th, 02, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well guys I fixed the problem. What was the problem you ask, letting someone else work on your car. I had my brother redo the oil pan gasket and when he turned the engine over the oil pump shaft that goes to the distributor fell into the lifter valley. So after running the car with no oil for about 3 minutes I don't think it'll last much longer. I'm going to fire it up again tomorrow (with pressure this time) and see if she's good to go. Maybe if it grenades it'll just force me to go ahead and build that 383 I keep talking about.
Oh yeah, Stevo I don't drink beer anymore. After hooking 5 DUI drivers in the last 4 days and 14 last month I'm pretty much done with that stuff. I can't even stand the smell of it anymore.
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LOL O.K. you were holding a Pepsi then. LOL Glad to hear it's going to allright.
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