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Old 08-06-2007, 08:50 AM
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Crate Motor Delima Plz Help?

I just recently bought a GM Performance crate engine For my 78 Camaro circle track car. Part number NAL-88958602. Its the one set up for circle track racing. Ive got it installed, and now starting to put accessories on it, and there is a small plug in the hole where the Oil Dipstick goes. Ive tried to pry it out but it doesnt budge. I dont want to push it in cause then i would have to drop the oil pan, and its already in the car. If anyone knows how to remove it please help. Just to give you an idea it looks like an aluminum seal on a tube of gasket sealant. However it is much thicker.

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I just recently bought a GM Performance crate engine For my 78 Camaro circle track car. Part number NAL-88958602. Its the one set up for circle track racing. Ive got it installed, and now starting to put accessories on it, and there is a small plug in the hole where the Oil Dipstick goes. Ive tried to pry it out but it doesnt budge. I dont want to push it in cause then i would have to drop the oil pan, and its already in the car. If anyone knows how to remove it please help. Just to give you an idea it looks like an aluminum seal on a tube of gasket sealant. However it is much thicker.

PlZ Help..

Fox
Typically competition only engines don't use dip sticks because of oil leakage past (read that gusher) them at high revs. So this passage is normally sealed with a plug on the Crate motor you selected.

The only way to remove these plugs is to dill it out. This means the pan comes off to insure chips aren't in the pan and crankcase.

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So...

It has an eight quart oil pan but im sure it needs a little more. How do i check to make sure it has enough oil for racing?
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It has an eight quart oil pan but im sure it needs a little more. How do i check to make sure it has enough oil for racing?
Drain it out in a VERY clean pan and measure it back in.
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It has an eight quart oil pan but im sure it needs a little more. How do i check to make sure it has enough oil for racing?
There should be a sight plug in the pan, rather like that used by motorcycles (other than Harley).

Frankly I'm not keen on these factory sealed race engines unless the rules dictate their use. Old fashion type of a guy, I don't trust anything, I haven't built.

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thanx

It hasnt had the first drop of oil put in it yet...Well that explains what the plug on top of the oil pan is for.. You've been alot of help...Thanx

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Well that explains what the plug on top of the oil pan is for.. You've been alot of help...Thanx
Yeah, just wait till you have to see what's in there!

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What do you mean? See whats in there?
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What do you mean? See whats in there?
Oil level, there should be a sight plug thru which you can see the oil level. Easy to do in the shop, not so much fun in the pits with a trouble light.

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It has an eight quart oil pan but im sure it needs a little more. How do i check to make sure it has enough oil for racing?
I would put in the 8 quarts. Remember the pickup is in the bottom of the pan. Having a half quart low is better than a half quart high.
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yeah you guys are telling the truth.
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