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  • I don't know, It sounds good, I might buy one, who knows?

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    Interest in Oil Priming Rods

    Based on the "Specialty Tools" thread that's been active lately, I am proposing a custom tool for the masses.

    I would like to know if there's interest in some brass oil priming rods.

    If there's enough interest I will make some. If there isn't, I won't.

    This isn't a group buy or anything so the interest isn't a contract, nor am I contracted to make them. If I make them I will offer them for purchase. I figure $20 including shipping should be about right.

    I'll make it into a poll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by First opel 1981 View Post
    Based on the "Specialty Tools" thread that's been active lately, I am proposing a custom tool for the masses.

    I would like to know if there's interest in some brass oil priming rods.

    If there's enough interest I will make some. If there isn't, I won't.

    This isn't a group buy or anything so the interest isn't a contract, nor am I contracted to make them. If I make them I will offer them for purchase. I figure $20 including shipping should be about right.

    I'll make it into a poll.
    Dumb question time. Couldn't one use an old distributor shaft and be taking a chance that the tang is worn? Don't get me wrong I'll be in, just curious. What would you make as the minimum that would have to be made? Thanks, Jarrell
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    Quote Originally Posted by soybean View Post
    Dumb question time. Couldn't one use an old distributor shaft and be taking a chance that the tang is worn? Don't get me wrong I'll be in, just curious. What would you make as the minimum that would have to be made? Thanks, Jarrell
    Yes, you can use an old distributor shaft, after you've torn apart the distributor and removed the drive gear. I'm not suggesting these are needed but more that they would be good to have.

    As for a minimum, I haven't given it thought yet.
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    I know I’ll need one eventually. Anyone who rebuilds a CIH needs one. Will it have the other end cut fit in a drill or be round?
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    Just get a long screwdriver, cut/break the handle off, grind it to fit in the groove. Voila!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Autoholic View Post
    I know I’ll need one eventually. Anyone who rebuilds a CIH needs one. Will it have the other end cut fit in a drill or be round?
    One end would fit the oil pump and the other end would be round. The entire shaft would, otherwise, be round.
    I would turn them down to fit a 3/8 drill if needed.
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    DUDE! Great poll questions!
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    Great idea! Put me down for one. Thanks.
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    I have the raw material to make one. I would buy one just so I don't have to make it. I have this overwhelming urge to pick the last option in the poll though.

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    Sounds like a great idea
    I would take you up on one
    Could you add to the poll ( I would buy one if you show me how I would use one)
    Seriously I have no idea
    But my time will be coming soon where I'll need one for sure
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    Quote Originally Posted by terrylewisac View Post
    Sounds like a great idea
    I would take you up on one
    Could you add to the poll ( I would buy one if you show me how I would use one)
    Seriously I have no idea
    But my time will be coming soon where I'll need one for sure
    You put it in where the distributor normally is and pump up the oil pressure before you start your engine for the first time after a rebuild.
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    Thank you,
    So if i pull the oil pump cover to replace the gasket or replace the cover all together does this have to happen to reprime the pump?
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    Yes, it is always better to have oil pressure before the start up. Insert the priming rod attached to a power drill in the distributors place and turn the oil pump gears with it. Like on this clip with a Chevy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOYLlr8uQ8k
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    I'm with you there,
    But I will need to remove my pump cover here soon as it has a small leak and needs a new gasket.
    So is this the same procedure to reprime the oil pump?
    Or am I missing something here
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    Primer Rods

    Quote Originally Posted by terrylewisac View Post
    Thank you,
    So if i pull the oil pump cover to replace the gasket or replace the cover all together does this have to happen to reprime the pump?
    Any time the oil pump is empty it is best to coat the gears with moly grease (not pack them, coat them)before you re-assemble and prime the engine before re-starting it. While I used an old sawed off screw driver for this purpose (I'm old school) a brass or bronze primer shaft is also very nice and both are non-magnetic. If given the chance to aquire one, I have spent money on worst things in my time so............ a specific purpose tool is a welcome addition to your tool box, just don't beat on it with a hammer and use it as a drift. One of the secrets I always did was to take the relief spring plug out of the side of the front cover, remove the spring and smack the ball with a brass drift to set it into the the relief port in the cover (another special tool if you are into tools)
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    Although I've used the screwdriver method in the past, it is not that stable and wobbles. If it contacts the aluminum down near the pump drive, you might end up with aluminum bits floating around.

    However, a rod to use with a gutted old distributor would be handy.
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    I just responded "Probably". The only reason it wasn't "Absolutely" was my feeling that I'l never get the Bonneville bike done and get back to the GT!

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    It looks like I will make some.

    I just needed to find stuff to do with the materials I have. I'm bored and it's cold outside.
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    Don't forget to enclose instructions with your kit:
    Drill must spin at a minimum of 500 RPM and must be engaged in the pump shaft and must be turning clockwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by First opel 1981 View Post
    One end would fit the oil pump and the other end would be round. The entire shaft would, otherwise, be round.
    I would turn them down to fit a 3/8 drill if needed.
    Don't even know if I still have a 1/2" drill motor that works.
    My old 1/2" USA Craftsman electric drill quit working years ago.
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