your new Engine!
The first few moments of first time engine start up are the
most critical. Taking these simple steps will help make this a
- Attach an oil pump-priming tool to the oil pump shaft.
The use of a 1/2" electric drill is required.
- Rotating the shaft with the priming tool will build oil
pressure within the engine. Turn the engine over by hand
1/4 revolution at a time by placing a socket on the damper
bolt. Continue to turn the priming tool during this
procedure. Verify the oil pressure reading with a gauge.
With the valve covers removed, you should be able to
observe oil circulating through the valve train
- Bring the engine’s #1 cylinder to TDC of the
compression stroke. While installing the distributor into
the engine, make sure the rotor is positioned according to
the #1 spark plug wire terminal. The distributor will turn
slightly while engaging the oil pump shaft. Verify that
the rotor is still positioned correctly after the
distributor is fully seated. If not, reposition the rotor
accordingly and reinstall the distributor.
- Verify the firing order is correct while installing the
spark plug wires. You can now connect the battery cables.
- Work with a friend to verify that everything is ready
before attempting to start the engine. This will also
provide for a great margin of safety.
- Make sure you have oil pressure once the engine starts.
It is important to maintain an engine RPM between 1800 and
2200 for the first 15 to 20 minutes. This step ensures
proper cam and lifter break in. Allowing the engine to
idle at the initial start up could cause damage to the
- Change the oil and filter to remove any contaminants
that may be present.
- Make sure all fasteners are tight and all fluid
connections are dry.
- Changing the oil after the first few hundred miles will
help ensure all remaining contaminants created during the
break in procedure are removed. This will help your engine
provide you with top performance.
- Please contact us if you need a qualified service
technician to complete your engine installation.