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Mike_R
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From: Indianapolis, IN 46237
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posted 05-15-2003 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_R   Click Here to Email Mike_R     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm curious about how much oil pressure is enough and how much is overkill and hurts horsepower?

My current engine runs at about 20 pounds at idle but goes up as the engine revs up.

Just wondering if I should try to have higher oil pressure with my new engine by restricting the top end or if it would be just wasting hp.

Thanks

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kid vishus
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posted 05-15-2003 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think how much oil pressure is something that is also determined by what motor it is, and what clearances are. My cleveland for example, runs fairly loose clearances, and has around 100 lbs at idle when cold. Once it gets warmed up,it carries around 40-45 at idle and around 70 lbs at WOT. And that's using a 5W-30 synthetic oil.
I don't think most windsor (289-351) based combos run that much pressure. But, since I've never ran a windsor that wasn't basically stock, I don't really know.

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65_302
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posted 05-15-2003 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_302   Click Here to Email 65_302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My son's 302 crate engine runs 25 at idle and 55 at WOT. Has been that way since it was new and if has ~8K on it now.

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Fastymz
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posted 05-15-2003 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 65_302:
My son's 302 crate engine runs 25 at idle and 55 at WOT. Has been that way since it was new and if has ~8K on it now.

Mines the same way
As long as it has pressure I'm happy.


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two89w
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posted 05-15-2003 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for two89w   Click Here to Email two89w     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
60 at hot idle, 100 at cold idle,80cruise

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N266fords
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posted 05-15-2003 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You should have 10 psi pressure rise for every 1000 rpm increase over idle.. Bruce

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bluestreek
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posted 05-15-2003 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I put a blueprinted stock pump in my 331 because of all the horror stories about dist. gears wearing out and pins shearing. My hot engine oil pressure stays at 40 psi idle, 55 cruising, and 65 max. I checked my dist. and cam gear yesterday and the wear pattern looks good even using the stock gear with the street roller cam. I did my first 3000 mile oil change and found NO particles in the oil filter or even on the magnet in the pan!.

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N266fords
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posted 05-16-2003 01:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bluestreak are you kidding me you are running a cast gear on your rollerits not the dist gear thats wearing its your cam gear

Use a steal dist gear made buy crane cams

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kid vishus
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posted 05-16-2003 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A lot of, if not most, street rollers are designed to be used with a cast distributor gear.

As for the 10 psi for every 1000 rpm, thats a really old "standard" started by those outdated techs at Crower. You know, the same techs that say not to use synthetic oil . That standard is also outdated and is nothing more than an old wives tale now. I have seen a lot of roundy round motors with wet sump systems live at 8000+ rpm with only 60 psi oil pressure, and do it for an entire season.

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