No oil pressure after winter layup

ghce

Well-Known Member
#1
Hi, went to start the car this morning after a long winter layup and have found that there is no oil pressure. I presume the best first plan of attack will be to take off the distributor and spin up the oil pump manually using an electric drill.

Does any one have a picture or dimensions of said needed long shaft to achieve this?

Don't really want to be disassembling the front cover to get to the oil pump and repack it with Vaseline etc, simple is best.

Graeme
 

ghce

Well-Known Member
#2
Though on reflection packing the pump with petroleum jelly means I dont have to muck around re timing the ignition.

Whats the easiest?
 

GRTV8

Well-Known Member
#5
I'd mark where the dizzie sits and remove.
Resetting will be a doddle when putting it back.
Cut the handle off a cheap [outlet shop] long shaft screw driver.
Variable speed electric drill
Spin the pump until the pressure comes up-ask a friend to watch the gauge .
You will now have a tool for other things like stirring paint ,whipping hornets nests, mixing face cream etc.
Good luck
 
#6
I'd mark where the dizzie sits and remove.
Resetting will be a doddle when putting it back.
Cut the handle off a cheap [outlet shop] long shaft screw driver.
Variable speed electric drill
Spin the pump until the pressure comes up-ask a friend to watch the gauge .
You will now have a tool for other things like stirring paint ,whipping hornets nests, mixing face cream etc.
Good luck
ingenuity is the mother of invention.....face cream and silver sand...great for cleaning hands :p
 
#8
Why not remove the oil pressure switch and give the hole a good squirt with an oil can, refit the switch and leave it a couple of hours to drain back through the oil gallery.
Nick
 
#10
Last time I had no oil pressure after long storage was on my sd1 EFI and that was due to a sticking pressure relieve valve.
had no oil pressure on my recently restored Morris minor, had to eventually remove the gearbox, found that the new oil pump shaft had sheered off
completely, the supplier sent a new one from the UK ...free, fitted it, and away she went, 65 lbs pressure.A 3 week exercise with postage and lots of huff and puff....such is life..:rolleyes:
Peter
 
#12
Hi I hope to upgrade oil pump on my V8. A couple of questions though first.

Can It be done without removing timing cover.

Anyone advise best kit.

Is there a how to.

Thanks
 

harveyp6

Well-Known Member
#13
IIRC some of the kits have a mills pin to locate the spacer plate that needs a hole drilling in the timing cover and I doubt whether you could do that with the cover fitted.
 

GRTV8

Well-Known Member
#15
Hi I hope to upgrade oil pump on my V8. A couple of questions though first.

Can It be done without removing timing cover.

Anyone advise best kit.

Is there a how to.

Thanks
I went down that road -ie upgrading the oil pump. Ended up removing the timing cover for some reason.
It was suggested by someone on this forum "Do the timing chain" whilst you are in there. Got a bit slack after 47yrs.
Glad I did.
Not only better oil pressure but more kick ass from the new timing chain and gears [from reel steel ].
Just saying.
 
#16
I went down that road -ie upgrading the oil pump. Ended up removing the timing cover for some reason.
It was suggested by someone on this forum "Do the timing chain" whilst you are in there. Got a bit slack after 47yrs.
Glad I did.
Not only better oil pressure but more kick ass from the new timing chain and gears [from reel steel ].
Just saying.
Hi I replaced camshaft, followers and timing chain last year and the difference was impressive. I just noticed after a couple of long drives oil light started to flicker on tickover. I have spoken to Real Steel already.
 
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