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Old 03-12-2013, 08:34 PM
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Dipstick length

I have a 400 CID SBC that I picked up half build from someone I trust. The engine has a larger (7 quart?) oil pan and related pick up.

In the box of misc parts there is a dipstick but it appears to be several inches to long.

I want to end up with the correct oil level in the pan to avoid either too high a level (crank and rods spashing through the oil) or too low (potential for loss of oil pressure when in turns etc.) So the question is - what is the correct dipstick length from the top of the tube to the oil level in the pan?

The engine has a short tube coming out of the block on the driver's side.

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The engine has a short tube coming out of the block on the driver's side.

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this lacks information. give these guys a measurement of the length of the top of the tube to the block to further assist you.
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Unfortunately the engine is at my place in WI and I am on the road in Chicago. The best I can do from memory is the tube sticks out of the top of the block about 1 to 2 inches - definately not enough to get up past the head but enough that the collar on the outside of the dipstick handle is not down to the block when installed.

I guess I was hoping there was a standard legth, if nothing else from the top of the block. If that is not the case it will just need to wait until the weekend when the engine and I are back in the same zip code.
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i would just puchase another one. this part should be pretty standard, seeing the oil level is directly related to the crank placement. even with the higher capasity....
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You can get a standard length chrome dipstick with tube anywhere auto parts are sold. Usually in a Mr.Gasket pack. Just measure the tube length difference and adjust/mark stick to fit.
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Fill the engine with the correct oil amount. Stock pan should be 5qts once the filter is full. Then put in dipstick. Pull out and note where oil level it. Score the level with a scribe or dremel. Then look at the end of the dip stick. Measure from the original "Full" mark to end. Now measure that amount from new "Full" line and cut. Any time you are 1/8" off full put in a half QT.

I had to cut mine to work since I have a custom pan.
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