I had a similar situation when I had assembled my BGT after restoration.
Everything had been taken from the engine bay.
The engine itself had not been worked on.
I also started cranking without the plugs in and nothing happened.
I was scared to death the engine would be damaged already.
So I asked the list and got the advise: keep on cranking!
It seems that filling the oil cooler by cranking costs quite some time
before the pressure builds up.
Anyway I did some extra cranking and yes the pressure went up to 60!
Perhaps it is just this and it may safe you a lot of work.
I order to prevent piston wear, you may put a little engine oil into each
cylinder before doing the cranking again.
From: Ken Waringa [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2002 6:38 PM
Cc: Joe Ricci
Subject: No oil pressure
We reinstalled the rebuilt engine in a 1972 MGB yesterday, but when turning
it over without spark plugs we can't get any oil pressure. Before you ask,
yes we did fill it with oil. :-) To verify it wasn't just the gauge, I
disconnected the line from the block that feeds the oil gauge, and found
nothing. I then removed the oil filter and it was still dry.
Any suggestions on what to do now? We really don't want to pull the engine
if we can help it.
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