I have an external oil line installed as part of the mag post, part of the oil line has a clear section of hose. So far I have never seen any oil in the line? Do they ever work? have about 100 miles on the engine so far.
I have one on each of my cars and they certainly do work. One of mine runs on the carburetor side of the engine up to the oil filler cap so I can take the cap off and watch the oil running out of the line and back into the sump. There is a steady even flow that starts the instant the engine is running.
I also have about a 1' section of clear line spliced in to the mag terminal outside oil line and it flows freely too. This is the first and best accessory I recommend to those without it. All my other T s have an external outside oiline. I've even heard they move a great amount of oil even with no magnets or "accy paddles" attached to the flywheel.
Should do a check on the magneto contact, it could be plugged up. If you never have seen oil something is clogged, could also be at the oiler special bolt at the crankcase front, maybe gasket cement is filled in the hollow bolt?
Birdhaven-Texas T Parts makes the High Capacity Outside oiler that mounts on the hogshead, they tested it to a std. magneto plug style outside oiler.(data on their website)
The std. Mag Plug Oiler tested a idle speed, put out 32oz.(1 qt.) in 3 1/2 minutes.
The normal Ford internal oil line puts out 16oz.(1/2 qt.) oil to the front of the motor in about 2 1/2 minutes at idle speed. (Ford testing)
I have these Mag Plug oilers on my T's, they work as intended.
Seems like $0.65 well spent!
Where can I get one?
If it's a repo then chance are you need make the opening around the contact bigger
For those interested in making their own:
My engine rebuilder put one on and I didn't want it there. He may have talked dad into it (dad dropped it off and gave him his number instead of mine) or just done it on his own, but it's driving me nuts because I wanted to show the car a little before enjoying it. Now I have to take it off and put it back on later.
Sore subject for me.
But Dave, you should probably check to make sure you don't have a ton of band material or gasket sealer floating around clogging it and other stuff! Do you have a oil filter? I think you should check that too.
Blow a front main once and you'll change your tune Craig. I lost one on a "as purchased" Touring car. So far none of my engines have failed on the road (that I know of), most equipped with a second chance oiling system and a magnetic tranny screen installed.
I have them on all of my cars. If you want to see if they work, either do as above with a clear section, or disconnect the front where it goes into the front of the engine and start the engine to see if it flows.
I had the funnel of the Ford oil line broke off with just the oil line sticking up and a mag oiler. I drove 10 years that way without a problem. Then I pulled the engine to fix the magneto, which had quit 10 years earlier when the funnel broke off and cut the coils. So I know they work. I only took out a few shims and no problem with the bearings.