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Old 02-09-2013, 04:35 PM
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41 chevy dipstick location

would anyone happen to know where the location on a 261 engine is ( for 1941 ) of the factory dipstick, or did it have a loose one intended to go down the fill tube, or??? We've gone over this thing with a fine tooth comb and so far have been unable to locate a dipstick, or anything resembling a dipstick tube, or even a spot for a dipstick tube to go into the block or pan, so either its hiding real well, or I'm thinking loose stick, but so far, I'm lost. The manual is silent on the subject aside from showing a stick by itself ( one that appears to have a wide neck spring or clip at the top ), but no location mentioned.
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I have a 41 chevy 1/2 ton. It was slated to go the the crusher, but I got it cheap. No cyk head, radiator grille etc lots of parts missing. I don't know if the block is the original one but the dip stick tube,and dip stick on mine is on the pass side about half way between the dist and starter, down low on the block near the bottom. If that doesn't work for you I can check out my 46 1 1/2 dually farm truck . I thought most engines were smaller than 261 mabe a 216, My step son has a 46 3/4 ton that has a 54 235 swapped in. Gmc engines had larger displacements, It seems like 270 and 292 6's I don.t remember what years. the gmc rockers are higher lift than chevies, and the carbs are larger, that plus dual exhaust made my old one faster than the ford flatheads back in the 50's.
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I have a 41 chevy 1/2 ton. It was slated to go the the crusher, but I got it cheap. No cyk head, radiator grille etc lots of parts missing. I don't know if the block is the original one but the dip stick tube,and dip stick on mine is on the pass side about half way between the dist and starter, down low on the block near the bottom. If that doesn't work for you I can check out my 46 1 1/2 dually farm truck . I thought most engines were smaller than 261 mabe a 216, My step son has a 46 3/4 ton that has a 54 235 swapped in. Gmc engines had larger displacements, It seems like 270 and 292 6's I don.t remember what years. the gmc rockers are higher lift than chevies, and the carbs are larger, that plus dual exhaust made my old one faster than the ford flatheads back in the 50's.
You're correct, it's a 216, ( Typo
I'll have to take a screwdriver and poke around down there and scrape the rest of the muddaubber nests off. I bet the tube is out and the hole is covered over.
It kind of has teh appearance that this thing may have been parked due to body and glass damage , and I had this silly idea that I might try to hook an external fuel tank to it and see if the thing would fire with some fresh oil in it.( major long shot, but I've had crazier things work , yea, I know, Its probably got a cocked valve spring or 3 and teh carb bowl is most likely a hotel for spiders , but it's always fun to try)
Rain looks like its letting up so off to see what we can find.
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,and dip stick on mine is on the pass side about half way between the dist and starter, down low on the block near the bottom.
That was the ticket, Thanks!
What faked me out was the coil. It *looked* as if it was mounted to the block there aft of the distributor, but what it was, was a big glop of goo holding it in place next to the block, and the dipstick was hiding up inside that goo. I pulled on the coil primary wire that looked pretty rough and it dislodged the whole works . I did find some rather nice looking and smelling oil in there considering how old it was, thats always a good sign, and no signs of heavy condensation , which is darn near unheard of around here.

Now if we could just find the mounting bolts for the master cylinder we'd be golden. There's so much caked on something or other about 1/2" thick on that thing, it's near impossible to identify anything, but whatever it is, it made a nice undercoating, because I found shiny clean steel on the frame rails under that crud
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