Loc: Plano, TX
07-26-12 05:56 AM - Post#2252319
In response to bowtiefan
5 psi at idle and 25 psi at 2000 RPM is not going to ruin the engine, but even with a stock pump, I'd expect to see 15-20 at idle and 35-45 at higher RPMs.
Do you remember what the pressure was back before your stored it?
Typically, low oil pressure is a function of main and rod bearing clearances.
As suggested above, I'd try higher viscosity oil -- maybe 20w50. And if that doesn't do the trick, take a look at the pickup screen.
I have no experience with Marvel and those type products.
Ah, I just remembered this: When I bought my 55 many years ago, it had a 350 with low oil pressure very similar to yours. Anyway, I installed a new high volume, high pressure Melling M55HV pump and changed the rod bearings. Pressure then jumped significantly. I don't remember the exact numbers, but I'd guess they were 15-20 at idle and 45 on the highway. That engine ran great for another 3-4 years, and when I sold it, it was still making good oil pressure.
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1969 C-10 pickup: 350, TH350
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Edited by MikeB on 07-26-12 05:58 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.