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I am just about ready to fire off my engine, just a few more pieces I am waiting for. I was going to prime the engine with a tool this weekend, but I am not sure when I will actually start the thing.

How long can I safely let it sit after priming (1 day? 1 week?)? It would seem to me that after priming, it could sit for months (much like when you park you car for a few months), because the pump and all passages are full, with only minor leakage occuring after that.

Will it be safe to prime tomorrow and let it sit for 2 weeks?

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I prime the engine just before I'm ready to fire it. If it has hydralic lifters they need to be pumped up first by the prime. Plus all the components will have a libral dosing of oil, just before. I wouldn't let it sit. JMO.

I also use an old distributor housing and shaft for my primer.

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I also like to disable the ignition and turn the egine a few turns with the starter after priming the oil pump. I think it helps the oil to coat the bearing surfaces and you can listen for any noises that shouldn't be there.

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Drop that tool down the dist shaft hole just before your ready to start the motor not the week or day before.
 
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