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Engine Start up

Postby Bartman » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:16 am

Hello guys. Just looking for a little advice on restarting my engine after sitting all winter. I use a good oil with a zinc additive, but just wondering if any of you have suggestions to reduce cam lobe wear on start up. Do you suggest cranking the engine over a few times with the ignition off prior to start up? Just want to engine lubrication to the top end and bearings.

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Re: Engine Start up

Postby SixT5HiPo » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:34 pm

Bartman wrote:Hello guys. Just looking for a little advice on restarting my engine after sitting all winter. I use a good oil with a zinc additive, but just wondering if any of you have suggestions to reduce cam lobe wear on start up. Do you suggest cranking the engine over a few times with the ignition off prior to start up? Just want to engine lubrication to the top end and bearings.

Thanks,
Bartman


Chances are you will be cranking the engine a bit to get the gas pumped into the carburetor, which has probably "drained down" after sitting idle for so long. This will serve to help with the oil circulation you mentioned, but it will put extra stress on your battery and starter motor.

Years ago, I had a '65 Cyclone with a HiPo that the previous owner installed an electric fuel pump inline with the mechanical pump. When the key was turned on, the pump engaged and there was a full charge of gas available no matter if the car sat for extended periods. Needless to say, this allowed the engine to start on the first crank almost every time. I always wondered if that was a good thing or not so good for the reasons you described above.
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