Originally Posted by newfieZJ
you won`t get oil pressure till it`s running . , I can`t see the seal leaking w/o running either unless it literally has a chunk missing . The only other spot I can think of would be the valve covers . The cranking would pump oil to that area . My new ones leaked since installing them , but nothing major .
Was this engine sitting for a long time ?
Actually, you should get oil pressure when cranking the engine without starting her - it is an easier way (though not the soundest way mechanically) of priming the oil pump. I installed an oil pump on the old engine and primed it this way - she came up to pressure without starting, as did the new one (once I fixed the oil filter mounting plate).