[Healeys] no oil pressure

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Tue Jul 3 18:18:33 MDT 2018

Is the spin-on filter adapter installed correctly?

When my dad restored a '34 Ford 3-Window coupe, he had no oil pressure 
on initial startup.  He pulled the engine, and went completely through 
it again; he found that he'd left one of the gaskets off the oil pump.


On 7/3/2018 3:40 PM, Bob Haskell wrote:
> All,
> Pulled the engine out of our tri-carb last December due to low oil 
> pressure and running too hot.  Bearings were okay; the engine got a 
> new oil pump, rear main seal, pressure relief spring and plunger, and 
> timing gears, chain and tensioner.
> Started the engine yesterday and it started almost immediately. So I 
> was really pleased until I looked at the oil pressure gauge and saw 
> the needle was sitting on the peg.  No oil visible at the rocker arms 
> either.
> I removed the spin on oil filter and attempted to prime the oil pump 
> by squirting oil the filter inlet passage.  But it was already full.
> Can one remove the distributor and spin the oil pump with a drill 
> motor?  I'd like to be able to test without spinning the crank and cam 
> on dry bearings, etc..
> Suggestions?
> Cheers,
> Bob Haskell
> AHCA 3000 MkI registrar
> http://www.ciahc.org/registry_3000mk1.php

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