Priming oil system in new 318 long block replacement


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I want to prime the oil and am having trouble getting the geared shaft that the distributer fits into to back out with a flat screwdriver. Any suggestions or should I just crank the engine without starting prior to startup?
I'd check with whoever did the long block to see what they want done to preserve the warranty first....

Priming the pump is usually worth the effort (before spinning over the engine)...getting the gear out can be tricky...some times just moving the crankshaft 'backwards' a bit is enough....sometimes a big magnet helps and I know of two that required a 'hook' to help lift the gear out. the 'better' hook was made from a brazing rod with an L bent in the end...maybe 3/4" ...