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Oil pressure problem sovled, I think. The oil plug in front of the oil pump drive gear was missing. To repair this in the truck I started the threads with a "skew-driver" and 8mm hex bit, I then snugged it with a cut down 8mm allen head socket. Worked like a charm!

I am now running 25 to 35 at idle and 60 to 70 psi at crusing. What pressures do you guys/gals ussually have?

looks like the disrtbutor gear was off two notches. Now it is idling nicely at 10* BTDC, and the rotation of the distributor is in about the same location as the old motor.

Thank you all
 

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Just saw your first post, glad this worked out for you. Your machine shop should be severly embarassed about not putting the plug in to the point of giving $$$$ back. It is hard to find people who know anything about MOPARS. I can't tell you the number of arguements I have been in over whether or not a block is a 383 or a 440. All of these were with self described "experts" that should alwasy scare us!

Cheers

Chris
 

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Dude, I'm glad that's all it was! It's a trick to get that plug in but do-able. I was pulling my hair out when I started my fresh motor & had the same problem, my machine shop does top-fuel motors for Dale Creasy & they still left that pug out, I guess I'm not top on they'er list but still. I checked my bearings after I got good oil pressure & they looked fine, it seems you have plenty of volume going every where just not a lot of pressure & the mains/rods are getting the oil first. Ferlin
 
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