Please any help needed.
Put in new head gasket, put all pieces back together, new oil cap, new coolant cap, new plugs gapped proper.
First attempt at cranking without plugs to prep fuel/whatever didn't work, wire was unhooked from starter. Hooked up wire and continued.
Followed the instructions for turning over w/out spark plugs in until oil light went off on dash.
Then put in plugs & started her up.
No foot on gas, left her in park, e-brake still on, no weird lights on dash.
She started right up & sounded good.
After about 20 seconds or so the idle increased then started to settle back down.
Still no weird lights on dash.
Some soot out of the tailpipe as expected.
After about 45-60 second she shut herself down. No sudden stop, no weird noises, just died.
Tried to restart her but only cranked over, no start.
Ran to the tailpipe to smell for anything - no smells.
Ran around to open hood, no smells.
Opened coolant, still pure green.
Opened oil cap --- no oil on oil cap???
F*ck. Ok so where's the oil pressure? I have no idea about this. Is that normal on a freshly cleaned header put in and only 45-60 seconds of running? Doubt it, but what does it mean?
Checked oil level, at the low mark but expected lowish because I didn't want to over-fill. Oil dirty but not instantly black, smelled like coconut, so I smelled the oil still in the new oil container from the store & that smelled like coconut, too. Okeedokes.
Felt all around all the pieces & parts & wires under the hood and nothing felt hot or smelled funny.
I am at a complete loss.
Don't want to continue trying to crank (she DOES crank strong) because I don't know what's going on with no oil on the cap & don't want to risk her seizing.
What would you do? Pull the oil pan or pull the valve cover to look? Look for what? Check something else?
No weird lights on the dash
No weird smells
Nothing feels hot
Nothing sounded odd
She just won't restart after shutting herself down.
I went to youtube to listen to a seized engine (which apparently they just make a loud clunk) to make sure it doesn't sound like cranking w/no start, lol. I'm very worried. Worked so hard, & she sounded so nice for that 45-60 seconds, please help?