Don't really know about the plug - maybe it was used in another
application - Austin used the block in quite a few vehicles. Just make sure
it's tight and sealed on a Healey!
As for priming the oil filter element when doing routine servicing, I
suppose one could partially fill the cannister before re-installing it to
the block, but it will be messy! Wonder what other listers do about this?
I crank the engine with the starter in short bursts with the coil wire
disconnected (so it won't fire) until the oil gauge needle just flickers,
indicating that the filter cannister is full. Usually takes 30 - 45 seconds
of cranking. Connect the coil wire and fire it up - it will have immediate
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 4:10 PM
Subject: Six Cylinder Engine Questions.
I have some questions with regard to the six cylinder engine Healeys.
Whilst degreasing and cleaning the engine block recently (engine still in
car) I noticed a plug on the left side of the block, between the cylinder
Coolant Drain Tap, and the Oil Gauge Pipe Connection.
The Workshop Manual refers to this as "Plug, oil filter feed hole." (Hmm,
filter lives on the other side...)
Next I checked the manual's instructions for renewing the oil filter
(I'd always just changed it in the past without priming the new element.)
Sure enough, as I dreaded, it said "put in a new element, prime the filter,
Now I'm a bit confused and would appreciate any responses to the following
1. What is the purpose of the "Plug, oil filter feed hole" on the left side
of the engine? Am I supposed to overcome the challenge of accessibility, and
pour oil into this hole, to prime a new oil filter element once it is
2. The wording of the Workshop Manual implies that a new oil filter element
is primed prior to reinstalling. How is this best accomplished?
Any light that anyone could shed on this matter for me, would be greatly
HBJ8L / 32382