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Old 02-02-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

Where do you guys get your engine oil dipstick tube from that's similar/equal to the quality of the OEM? My 67 came with a 78 c/10 motor/trans (so the previous owner says), but the dipstick tube got detached when I drove it home. The tube resembles this: (http://www.classicchevy.com/chevy-up...1956-1980.html), but I am not sure if this is a quality product. Anyways, how do you guys attach it?? Mine seems to be intact; previous owner put RTV sealant to attach it, but didn't work. Any feedback would be appreciated. I haven't drove it since that incident...
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:26 AM   #2
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

Umm i've used the mr gasket it one and stock and i can;t get mine to stay in either i've tried the rtv trick but it seems the hole is to big and the tube to small. So i am goign to wat6ch this and see what every one says
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:29 AM   #3
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Umm i've used the mr gasket it one and stock and i can;t get mine to stay in either i've tried the rtv trick but it seems the hole is to big and the tube to small. So i am goign to wat6ch this and see what every one says
SO...you havent driven the truck also. Mine spilled a quart of oil out while driving it home; didn't notice it was the engine oil dipstick tube that got popped out of the block. Good thing it didn't mess up my engine!!!
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:08 PM   #4
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

Well i've drove mine with it loose but i dont drive it much i'm interested in the fix for this also
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:27 PM   #5
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Well i've drove mine with it loose but i dont drive it much i'm interested in the fix for this also
So...yours leak as well when driving??? Mine does.
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

Have you checked with your local GM dealer parts department? You should get the dipstick itself to go with the correct tube. The tube should be a semi-tight fit that will require some gentle tapping with a hammer to install into the block. As a general rule any of the aftermarket chromed parts are just made in China crap that doesn't fit right.
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Have you checked with your local GM dealer parts department? You should get the dipstick itself to go with the correct tube. The tube should be a semi-tight fit that will require some gentle tapping with a hammer to install into the block. As a general rule any of the aftermarket chromed parts are just made in China crap that doesn't fit right.

+++ Get the real thing and make sure the stick and upper tube are a match.

Also if it leaks that much I'd be willing to bet the lower tube is missing.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:37 PM   #8
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+++ Get the real thing and make sure the stick and upper tube are a match.

Also if it leaks that much I'd be willing to bet the lower tube is missing.
There's a lower tube?? How do I check if it's in the engine?? I've never done this before...
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

Gee I just have 1 big tube. No lower.

Mine leaks too.
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

I purchased a new dipstick from GM performance parts and they use an o-ring at the base where it goes into the pan. I made sure the o-ring was greased up before I inserted it into the pan. ( Insert crude comment here) And if I remember correctly I used a little RTV above that to assure no water makes it in.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:25 AM   #11
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I purchased a new dipstick from GM performance parts and they use an o-ring at the base where it goes into the pan. I made sure the o-ring was greased up before I inserted it into the pan. ( Insert crude comment here) And if I remember correctly I used a little RTV above that to assure no water makes it in.
What's the part#?? Cost? Pics? Is it made for 67-85 Chevy 350 short blocks?
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

the GM dipstick is good the only other one i will use for a custom look is lokar it fits great no issues
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What's the part#?? Cost? Pics? Is it made for 67-85 Chevy 350 short blocks?
The dipstick I bought was for my bbc 454. But GM Performance Parts should have any dipstick produced for all sbc and bbc blocks. Grab a catalogue and check it out. They may even have an online catalogue. I identified my oil pan and from there found the appropriate dipstick and tube. Wasn't cheap, but piece of mind when it comes engine componentry is priceless.
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The dipstick I bought was for my bbc 454. But GM Performance Parts should have any dipstick produced for all sbc and bbc blocks. Grab a catalogue and check it out. They may even have an online catalogue. I identified my oil pan and from there found the appropriate dipstick and tube. Wasn't cheap, but piece of mind when it comes engine componentry is priceless.
Well..I id. the engine block, but how do you id. an oil pan???
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

By pictures in the Performance Parts Catalogue I visually identified what pan I have. There were many options for my block, and even when I told the GM parts guy what I wanted he was surprised that pan came with my block. So I confirmed the pan and told him the dipstick and tube I wanted. He in turn confirmed that those were the right parts for the pan I had and voila I have a dipstick and tube. And never again will I forget to take them off before hoisting my engine out.
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

You really only need to match upper tube and dip stick as a set. Example would be 1972 C10 or 1986 Camaro, it doesn't matter which. The only real difference is the length of the tube and dip stick, long or short. Pretty sure you can call GMC Paul and he'll help. That comb will assure the stick is the right distant below the crank throws. Just add oil to right level on the dip stick. Will probably be 4.5 or 5 quarts for an GM pan or who knows for an after market pan.
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

...will the oilpan have a serial# or some ID?? I know it looks like an aftermarket, unless the OEM are chrome plated??
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

Just found out that my dipstick is "Made in China." Does your OEM one says USA?? Many Chevrolet dealership parts stores have discontinued the upper tube and dipstick, only found one location, but it's a drive!!!
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Re: Replacement engine oil dipstick tube...

CEE1NG Red, Did you ever find a source for a good replacement? I ordered one from LMC, but haven't tried it. I guess it's the one that everyone is saying will not fit.

Searched GM performance and GM parts direct but didn't find anything yet.

Still got to get the old piece out of the block first...
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CEE1NG Red, Did you ever find a source for a good replacement? I ordered one from LMC, but haven't tried it. I guess it's the one that everyone is saying will not fit.

Searched GM performance and GM parts direct but didn't find anything yet.

Still got to get the old piece out of the block first...
...haven't installed mines yet due to my busy schedule. I ended up buying a GM dipstick tube @ Chevrolet and a Lokar one. I think I'm going to be using the Lokar,
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