Let's face it, at one point or another we've all worried about the best way to keep our PMD powerplant alive and in good condition for as long as possible. After all, it's not like you can just run over to your local Pontiac dealership nowadays and order up a bare replacement block. Yes, there are still plenty to be found in the salvage market, unless you're like the author and possess something like an early or late SD-, Ram Air-, or H.O.-equipped ride. In that instance, or even with a more bread-and-butter Pontiac engine, you worry about wear and tear on the internals every time you turn the key!
The majority of vintage Pontiac owners drive their rides infrequently, allowing the oil coating on the cylinder walls to slowly work back into the oil pan. Typically, it takes several crankshaft rotations to pressurize the oil galleries at start-up, and until then, the engine has minimal, if any, oil film protecting the surfaces. Independent studies attribute as much as 90 percent of engine wear to cold-start scuffing.
This is why Canton's Accusump system is a desirable modification. While a $500-$600 expenditure that doesn't improve performance may seem a little steep, consider the cost of either replacing or rebuilding a Pontiac engine because of normal wear. Combined with the peace of mind a pre-oiler and surge-protection system provides, it's a more-than-worthwhile expense.