The same happened to me on my '54 235. I was doing a frame off and thought
for a flat rate I let the rebuilder put my engine together. Mistake. Don't
know what year you have but on my '54 there is a line that runs from the
rear cam journal to the middle of the block up into the rocker assay. It's
located inside the lifter galley. It was plugged solid with sludge from the
cleaning process as well as the fittings connecting it to the block. Plugged
so bad I replaced the line and fillings. Better you find this out now the
when it's running. BTW how is the oil pressure?
50 Chevy 3100
52 GMC 150
> 235 owners Help!
> I got my newly rebuilt 235 installed in my '49 Chevy pickup. As
> everyone has suggested I tried to prime the engine with oil by putting a
> screwdriver in an electric drill and turning the oil pump thru the
> distributor drive. After a couple of seconds I had a major leak at the
> oil pressure gauge sending unit outlet in the block. I thought great I
> know I have a good pump and pressure. I tightened the fitting and no
> more oil leak. But the problem is that I never got oil up to the rocker
> arms or any oil showing in the valve cover area.
> So do any of you know how long I should have to run the drill before I
> should see oil coming up to the rocker arms? Is there any way to see if
> the oil line is plugged or? What other thing can I do or should I do
> before starting the engine for the first time?
> Thanks again for any help.
> Tom Poterack
> Moline, IL.
> '49 Chevy 3600
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