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Rebuild my ~600 mile 383?

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Long story short - I had an intake gasket leak and had real thick gaskets stacked under it, a halfass fix that didnt help. Had the intake welded and machined. Little did i know, my distributor didnt go all the way back down and catch the distributor drive. :lookinup: so i crank up the engine and after 1-2 mins of idling i decide to check the oil pressure (I should have been looking at it when i started it... i know...) and the gauge read zero. i freaked out and turned it off. I pulled the power to the distributor and cranked the motor over with the valve covers off, no oil coming out of the push rods. bad news. I guess im going to spend my next few weeks rebuilding my freshly rebuilt 383. Time for four bolt main caps, F/I grind cam and maybe lower comp pistons because I have a turbo kit im eyeing. Ive also thought about solving my oil pressure problem and seeing if there are any noises inside the motor when i crank it again and just leaving it as is. What would yall advise?
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Id pull the pan and inspect the bearings carefully BEFORE running it again but in two minutes you MIGHT be ok due to splash oiling of the lower assembly
how hard is it to pull the pan with the motor in car? I have a big 7 quart pan... quite a bit bulkier than the stock pan.
the thing is, it wasnt the 1st start of the engine... i have been driving it around for a while. then i took the intake and stuff off and repowder coated it and had machine work done on it. I had no idea that it wouldnt have oil pressure when i cranked it again, and yes i am stupid for not checking it though :nuts:
I think im just gonna pull it and put 4 bolt main caps on it because I really want that extra strength when I turbocharge it...
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