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I've got a freshly rebuilt SBC engine (010 block), and need a dipstick tube & dipstick (GM calls it an "indicator"). The local Chevy dealer was no help whatsoever. I purchased a dipstick/tube from the local Autozone that allegedly was the correct part, and it absolutely wouldn't fit into the block. It was too large to fit. The hole for the dipstick is on the driver's side, and is bored directly into the block. Does anyone know what would be the correct tube/dipstick for this engine. I have no idea what vehicle the engine originated from. It was rebuilt by a local race engine builder, but he did not know what specific vehicle it came out of.
I would genuinely appreciate any information that's provided. I'm getting close to firing up this engine, and this is just one of those little chicken***** items that is an annoyance. Thank you for any help whatsoever.

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Any 1960's thru 1978 or so Chevy Small block car or truck application will be correct, they are all the same for many years.

You are aware that the dipstick tube is a tight press fit?? It won't just slip into place, it needs to be driven in by driving against the bead lip near the bottom of the tube, until the bead rests against the block. Don't try to drive it in by hitting the top of the tube, it will just collapse.
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