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Loud clicking after oil cooler re-seal and prolonged storage

Gang, looking for some advice on my 85.5. I finished re-sealing the oil cooler, got it back on, reattached the exhaust header with new gaskets and mostly new hardware, refilled coolant and topped off oil (intending to change after running the engine a bit). Car had been sitting for 2 years so I also cleaned out the air filter, dropped a splash of oil in each plug hole and hand-cranked the motor a few revs before turning it over.

It started right up but has a nasty clicking noise while idling that it wasn’t making two years ago. Sounds like oil-starved lifters. Any thoughts about what could be going on? I don’t know if I have an oil cooler re-seal issue or a long-term storage issue.

Thanks for any insights.

Ian
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Yep, lifters!

If your oil pressure seems normal and coolant temp comes up OK with no leaks, let it warm up for a bit and drive it, noise should subside after 15-30 minutes.
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Can anything be done to ‘prime’ them better? I hate to run them like this But, also not psyched to remove the valve cover if that’s the only way.
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I had the same issue. I added 1/2 pint of type A transmission fluid to the oil and run the engine at idle till the noise goes away. If the lifter is ok, it'll pump up. Make sure the oil pressure shows well up.
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Thanks both, will let it idle and watch oil pressure.
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