Pull the plugs out and let the engine spin freely on the starter. The oil
pressure should come up but I've seen it take 20 to 30 seconds for the
needle to move. Once it comes up you will know the oil has fully circulated
and the filter will be full. Then put the plugs back in and fire her up.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2005 5:47 PM
Subject: My first rebuilt engine
> Hi all-
> This is the first engine I've rebuilt... for my 1972 MGB. I'm having an
> ignition fault which I'm sure I can figure out for myself, but what
> concerns me
> is the oil pressure when crankiing the engine.
> I've cranked the engine 3-5 times so far, for a few seconds each time to
> check for a spark. The oil pressure needle has not budged. The oil
> filter is
> still dry. I SWEAR I put the gasket in between the oil pump and the
> Am I just too nervous? How long should it take to fill up that oil
> and come back? Does the oil go though the cooler first or the filter?