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Old 09-06-2005, 08:57 PM
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BBC oil capacity

I always thought a stock BBC oil pan held 5 quarts. I looked it up in the manual and its says 4 quarts. But on my dipstick it shows that I am a quart short. Which one is right?

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I think what you are seeing is, in fact a five quart system. That means 4 quart pan, 1 quart filter for 5 total quarts. I would not imagine that a BB is a 4 quart system.
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it depends if you have a high-capacity oil pan.

but stock bbcs, I honestly dont know. I'd read the above post, he's prolly got more experience than I do.
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My 396 took 4.5 qts with the short filter. I have done 4.5 qts in 427's and 454's with stock pans and short filter. Using the long filter usually made it a full 5 quart. I did one LS6 Chevelle that was 5 qts with filter.

Most guides are per GM specs and GM specs show the PAN capacity. The next statement usually noted how much oil would be needed with a filter change.

Once upon a long time ago, folks would change the oil but not the filter. Some older engines did not even have filters. It took until the mid 70's before the actual oil pan and filter capacities became the norm in manuals.

I have seen some recent books still using the 50 year old instructions.
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Do you have a stock GM dipstick and tube. Cheap chrome aftermarket dipsticks are rarely accurate.
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