Petey, i did make sure the oil plugs were in and I'm using a flat heat bit socket on a long extension connected to my drill to prime it. I'll pull the covers and check. Jblue, i took the block to a machine shop for the honing, cleaning, etc. i put it back together myself as my first rebuild. I checked all the specs when installing everything. The valves, lifters, push rods etc. went in the way they came out. It's taken me 6 months to put it back together cause I'm making sure everything is in spec. Just getting hung up on this oil thing now.