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Old 03-21-2006, 10:39 PM
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Dipstick Tube Extraction -- SBC

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I placed an identical post in engines, I'm hoping some of you tooling experts can help.

I have an SBC engine, fully assembled and mounted in my project pickup. I used a factory dipstick tube. Today, trying to mount the headers, I found I needed to remove the tube. As I recall, I put it in with Permatex #1. Probably a bigger mistake than I ever thought. I didn't want the dipstick to leak. Anyway, the Tube buckled during removal, so I cut it off with a pair of tin snips.

Does anyone out there know of a great tool to remove this tube without having to re-open the motor to clean everything up??

I really need some of you expert's help.

Thanks, Pat

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Possibly try a tap and a pair of vise-grips and a hammer to tap it up. Not recommending it, though, as you'll want to pull the pan again to remove the shavings. Also, I believe double postings are kinda frowned on. Not trying to step on toes or nothing.


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Thanks. I don't post often, and occasionally. I thought the overlap of the issue would make it a no-brainer to be OK. Some kinda slick, special purpose tool. But, you are probably right. An apology to the Hotters.com gods.

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Just heat it up a little that will soften the permatex...then you can pull it out with a pair of pliers.
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If there is any of the tube left outside of the block, screw a bolt into the tube (5/16 X 1" bolt?). Take your least favorite pair of vice grips and squeeze the tube as hard as you can from the side. You want as much clamping surface area from vice grips as possible, so clamping down on the bolt using the tip of the jaws will not work as well. The bolt will keep the tube from crushing. Using a hammer, pound up on the vice grips and the tube should come out.

If the tube is broke off flush with the block, I can think of no reliable way to remove the tube easily without removing the pan.
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If you have the room to do so you might screw a lag bolt into what is left of the tube and pull it out with a slide hammer. Also as Henry said a little heat will go a long way toward solving the problem.
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