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  • Engine: Pre lubing 6 cylinder flathead

    I always believed that with the Studebaker flathead six you could remove the distributor and prelube the engine by spinning the oil pump. I was very surprised to learn when I took the piece from an old distributor and tried to turn it by hand it can't be done. Am I missing something.?
    Regards,
    Mark

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    The oil pump is driven off the cam shaft.

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    • #3
      Not sure about a six, but with a V8 you can. I took an old distributor and ground the gear down to where it does not touch the cam gear. I just drop that distributor in, and then use whatever is handy to spin the distributor shaft.

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      • #4
        On 6 i pack oil pump gears with light grease. pull plugs, coil wire. use mech, guage and crank engine with starter. wont take long to get up oil pressure. Doofus

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        • #5
          Studebaker thought of almost everything!
          On the champion Engine the recommended method is to remove the 1/8" Pipe Plug in the Oil Pump Cover and fill the pump with Oil, you can't get any better than that.
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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