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need advice - new engine start/oil line question

I have a brand new engine installed. It has been started and dyno tested by the builder. After I installed the new engine, I connected the console oil gauge line to the block.

The interior of the car has nothing in it. I'd like to fire up the engine without installing the console. Doing so right now would probably dump the entire contents of the engine inside the car.

Any ideas on what to do without installing the console?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 2nd, 14, 09:27 AM
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go to your parts store and buy a mechanical gauge
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 2nd, 14, 09:34 AM
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Re: need advice - new engine start/oil line question

I'd do the gauge like mentioned and remove what you already put in using all the parts supplied with the cheapie kit instead of risking messing up a piece from the console line kit. If you don't care about watching the pressure just grab a 1/8 NPT pipe plug for a few pennies at Ace, Home Depot, etc., remove the console line adapter, and put the plug in. I reckon ghetto move would be pulling the oil dipstick out and ziptie-ing the oil line in the dipstick hole. Wouldn't try it myself but wouldn't mind watching someone else do it.

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I reckon ghetto move would be pulling the oil dipstick out and ziptie-ing the oil line in the dipstick hole. Wouldn't try it myself but wouldn't mind watching someone else do it.
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I'd do the gauge like mentioned and remove what you already put in using all the parts supplied with the cheapie kit instead of risking messing up a piece from the console line kit. If you don't care about watching the pressure just grab a 1/8 NPT pipe plug for a few pennies at Ace, Home Depot, etc., remove the console line adapter, and put the plug in. I reckon ghetto move would be pulling the oil dipstick out and ziptie-ing the oil line in the dipstick hole. Wouldn't try it myself but wouldn't mind watching someone else do it.
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Re: need advice - new engine start/oil line question

Install your dummy light oil pressure sender or cap it with the same threads then fire it up.

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I have the threaded plug that came with the engine. I can definitely reinstall that.
I think I would need a new oil line when putting it back in right? Wouldn't the ferrules get messed up?
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I've reused them a couple of times. Since the line's not connected can't you pull it back through the firewall and unscrew the fitting with the line still connected if you're concerned?

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Wouldn't the ferrules get messed up?
No, I've had my gauges since the early 80's and they've been unscrewed many times, both oil pressure and vacuum gauges with the nylon tube lines.

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