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New engine oil pump question

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First off, I read the threads about priming etc. The things I've done so far.

With no plugs:

1. cranked for 10-15 sec spurts for a few minutes.

1a. realized too late that I didn't have the distributor in and shot a nice load of oil all over the passenger fender well...;-) that was nice

2. I get oil dripping out of the rail after cranking stops

3. removed oil pressure sender and oil is right there

4. unscrewed filter a little and oil started gushing, so oil is moving.

So, my questions are, How much oil is supposed to come out during just cranking and is it just from the underside of the rail? Since oil is everywhere and dripping after cranking, the pump obviously works, but should it be a lot more pressure even on cranking only? Just don't want to think about starting until certain.

Thanks guys.

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I would say that your oil pump is working just fine. Install the distributor and start the engine. The oil pressure light should go out in about 2 seconds. G

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Thanks guys...I've put so much time and money into this baby, that I just don't want to screw something up right before the finish line..:-)


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