first start up of my 1946 212 I6

engr1962 Member

After 3 years of body restoring and engine rebuilding I gave the engine a crank. First time around, big bang, distributor wired backwards, sigh, after that started right up in a cloud of assembly lube smoke. But, there is always a "but", isn't there, the oil pressure idiot light stayed on. Is there a standard spot to test oil pressure? I figured I could take off the cap where the oil sender and see what I can rig up to a gauge.

All thoughts appreciated.




  • Geoff
    Geoff Senior Contributor

    Did you prime the pump? Remove the intake pipe and squirt oil in. Loosen the front outlet pipe and wind the motor over with the starter. You should see oil pulsing out (not a continuous stream). You won't see any pressure at the outlet of the switch assembly.