Take the rocker box cover off and pour a pint of oil in so that it flows into the sump. The flywheels will dip in it, splash it about and so prevent any damage while you test run the engine.
In the following order:
Check that you have the oil pipes connected the correct way round.
Make sure that the oil pipe from the tank to the feed side of the pump is full of oil - slackening off the oil pump nuts till oil flows from behind the pump will do this.
Take the spark plugs out.
Take out the oil pressure relief valve from the front crankshaft and with the crankshaft end cover cap removed, kick over the engine to see if oil emerges from the front crank. You will need to kick for quite some time to fill the oilways so enlist the assistance of a younger member of the family if necessary for this purpose.
When oil comes out of the front crank, replace the pressure relief valve and crankshaft end cover cap and start the engine. Within a minute or so, you should have oil pressure. Until then, the oil in the sump will prevent any damage.
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Now Archivist once more - but not Machine Registrar.