A Fairlane or Galaxy or something. A 1968 I think.
It was used and he bought it for my sister. I remember going to pick it up with him. There was some slight lifter noise but other than that it started and ran well.
My sister then drove it uneventfully for several years until one day it overheated or something and then would not turn over or start. It happened somewhat far away so my father told the garage there to fix it.
They called a day or two later to say that the engine was seized as the oil pump had no drive shaft. None; it wasn't there.
Thinking: how the hell can that be? my father and I drove down there to see what was what. And not only was there no oil pump drive shaft (actually just a long flat piece of metal) but there hadn't been for a long time. But they had drained maybe two gallons of oil out of the car. <g> I eventually did find the twisted-off oil pump drive - by poking around in the hardened sludge in the bottom of the drain pan. <g> And the valve covers were Filled with hard baked looking sludge which had obviously not seen oil for a long time. The inside of the sludge was the exact same shape as the rocker arms - like a mold of them. <g>
The oil pressure light bulb was not installed. <g> Apparently what had happened was that the oil pump failed so the previous owner had pretty much Filled the engine with oil, disabled the oil pressure light, and then sold the car to my father. My sister had checked the oil (had it checked at the gas station) and had always been told that she didn't need oil. <g> But eventually the oil level got to below the crankshaft and the engine seized.
My point is that the engine apparently survived adequately well for years with zero oil pressure - only submersion and splash-lubrication. So the idea that anything bad happens to an engine in the few seconds it takes to get full oil flow just seems pretty remote to me. <g>
Originally Posted by Rich91710
Yup. Every time, the engine is turning with no oil pressure.
Take the valve covers off of an old Chevy 350, pull the coil wire, and see how long you have to crank a cold engine before oil starts squirting out of the pushrods.
It's not a "long" time, but it's uncomfortable.