Final Prep & Initial Engine Start – Rebuild Video 12.5

Throttle and Cruise Control Wires

Throttle and Cruise Control Wires

After buttoning up the last few items (like bolting up the steering shaft, the last few screws, and the throttle and cruise control wires) it was time for fluids.  I put coolant, engine oil, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid in the car.

 

 

For the first test, there were no spark plugs, just a few drops of oil in the spark plug holes, and I pulled the fuel pump relay.  This way we did not have spark or fuel, but this is an important test to see if there was oil pressure.

I was actually shaking with the gauge went up to 60 psi letting me know I had oil pressure in the system.

Dash Gauge Showing Oil Pressure

Dash Gauge Showing Oil Pressure

 

Half way there!

 

Next it was time to put the spark plugs back in, put the fuel pump relay back in, hold my breath, and hope that the last 6 months of work wasn’t all for naught.  Those hundreds of hours, … and everything was riding on the turn of the key ……

Fuse Diagram Showing Fuel Pump Relay

Fuse Diagram Showing Fuel Pump Relay

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Oil Priming a GM Truck Vortec LS Engine – Rebuild Video 4

The Vortec (LS) engine does not have a distributor for spark. It has a coil for each cylinder. This means we can’t use the old trick of using a drill in the distributor to build up oil pressure. Luckily, with some ingenuity and a little patience, these engines can still be pre-lubed.

Drill motor used to help prime GM Vortec LS Truck Motor

Drill motor used to help prime GM Vortec LS Truck Motor

Using an old oil pressure gauge and a drill powered motor to build up oil pressure, I was able to get oil through all the passages and oil up all 16 push rods to the rocker arms. I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube and created a hybrid solution from my favorite vids.
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