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Best way to pressurize Series 3 Lubrication System

Firing up a car that has not run for 4 years, best way to pressurize lubrication system prior to firing? Thanks!
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disconnect the coil lead to the cap and spin the engine with the starter till the guage shows pressure. If u r super AR like me, remove the spark plugs first to ease the work the starter has to do. Ciao, chris
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Thanks, but was hoping for a way to do so without cranking - any thoughts here?
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top of my head, no. Can I ask why? Ciao, chris

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read down to building oil pressure section .Sounds like a bit of work but guess it can be done

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top of my head, no. Can I ask why? Ciao, chris

Sure, instead of rotating parts dry, you can circulate oil quickly through out engine by spinning oil pump only. This is usually achieved by spinning distributor shaft on American cars, not sure about Alfa and thought someone might know of a quick and clever way to achieve this.
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brainfart. I don't think this method can be done on an Alfa 4. Pump is geared. ciao, chris

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Remove oil pressure sender unit. Thread in an adapter that is connected via a hose to an external pump. What that pump is I have no idea, just offering suggestions .

BTW I've just pulled apart my 1750's engine and yes it had seized, but if it hadn't I would not have been concerned about spinning it on the starter as there was still oil on the crank bearings and camshafts. This engine has not been turned for 30 years

With the plugs out she will get oil pressure real quick
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Remove oil pressure sender unit. Thread in an adapter that is connected via a hose to an external pump. What that pump is I have no idea, just offering suggestions .

BTW I've just pulled apart my 1750's engine and yes it had seized, but if it hadn't I would not have been concerned about spinning it on the starter as there was still oil on the crank bearings and camshafts. This engine has not been turned for 30 years

With the plugs out she will get oil pressure real quick
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Thank you!, interesting thought. I may just pull valve cover and squirt engine oil over valve train and hope the lower end gets what it needs before firing and will pull plugs so it can spin up fast-thanks!
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I pull the coil wire, pull the plugs and shoot some wd-40 down each cylinder then spin the motor up a few times.
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Go to Harbor Freight and buy one of those little plastic pumps for a drill for cheap and pump oil in the sender as suggested

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