A Mechanical oil pressure gauge, and copper tubeing.. plastigauge, as said.. maybe some new bearings.. always a good shelf item.. if ur not already using one.. a nice beafy oil pump drive rod.. might as well oder that new cam set too while ur at it and a rev. limiter..
ha- found it at Jegs now with the corrected spelling.
As for the mechanical gauge....I already told you I don't want to run hot oil into the car no matter how 'safe' it is. This isn't a race car, its just a street car with a racey motor an sender with an electric gauge is all I need
As for bearings....if there is any major bearing problems, I think the motor will just get taken somewhere and fixed.
Dodge, get the hint my friend. You dont need to run oil into the cab, but you do need to make sure FOR NOW anyway, that you have the best way to check the real oil pressure that you can. Hang the mechanical gauge off the side of the motor for now if you have to, then you can do the electric gauge thing later
This may sound coarse, but what the guys are saying is that you should never have put a performance motor together in the first place without a gauge. The issue is a stock electic gauge does not react quick enough to save the motor, and only good aftermarket, like VDO or Autometer will react quick enough if electric, the oil light only tells you something AFTER it goes wrong
However, do you really want to wait a wire an electric gauge when you can just screw one into the side of the block for now and fire it? You are perilously close to a junk motor, dont get caught up on other issues.
I apologize for being blunt, but no oil will scatter that thing quicker than you can react, rods turn blue and change shape, crank and bearings weld themselves together, pieces of all that go through the lifters and embed in every oil passage. Dont screw around now, check everything and throw a good mechanical gauge on there. I'd even advise either a high quality one, or at least one thats known to work well. I keep a nice old Stewart Warner in my box with a grease fitting hose permanently mounted for things just like this. I know mines good and I know what the motor is doing immediately just by screwing it into the block and firing it up.
So I can screw it into the block and see what it is doing when/if I fire it back up with the new oil pump. I still may have spun bearing(s) in which case I won't actually be doing anything to it for quite some time