I put the 'done' engine back into the car a few months ago and am curious of this....
I used assembly lube when I put it all together, on the crank, cam, lifters, pushrods and rocker arms. I also wiped oil on the cylinder walls.
This engine won't be started for a long time as I'm working on other things.
Body/dash/wiring/ carb needs rebuilding,etc..
Is there any reason to add oil now?
I know I could spin the oil pump through the removed distributor hole, and get oil up to the valvetrain; but is this necessary?
Would the oil breakdown in any way just sitting in the pan?
I assume it's best to leave the antifreeze out too.
Happy New Years all
Edit: The car is in an unheated garage that's attached to the house.
The temperatures fluctuate somewhat, but it doesn't get too cold in there.