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Username Post: BBC Dipstick - You've got to be kidding        (Topic#226288)
Jim.Biron 
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09-21-09 05:05 AM - Post#1775536    

OK, this is a weird one. I bought a BBC dipstick at a car show to put in the engine I was building never giving it a second thought. It installed and all seemed good. However, Now I'm finally getting to use the dipstick and I get no reading on the stick at all. SO... here's my question...
This looks like one of the braided dipsticks that you might find from Milodon or Lokar. Does anyone out there have one of these and can measure it for me to see if I got the wrong dipsitck for my bigblock (Mark IV) motor. Seems like I do.
BTW- the pan is a Moroso 20416. Any recommendations?
Jim
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Johnny468 
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09-21-09 06:00 AM - Post#1775551    
    In response to Jim.Biron

Jim, I have the same pan that you do. I use the Moroso 25970 dipstick assembly. I cut the tube off just below the mounting tab. Then I cut the dipstick shorter. The part that fits in the tube is about 17". I marked the stick with a file after filling the crankcase with the proper amount of oil. The handle loop lines up right above the header bolt. I've had no problems with this setup.

One note: Once you lock down that compression fitting on the tube it's there to stay, so make sure you have the height where you want it.

Johnny
1965 Impala SS
505/4-speed/4.30


 
Jim.Biron 
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09-21-09 06:20 AM - Post#1775558    
    In response to Johnny468

  • Johnny468 Said:
Jim, I have the same pan that you do. I use the Moroso 25970 dipstick assembly. I cut the tube off just below the mounting tab. Then I cut the dipstick shorter. The part that fits in the tube is about 17". I marked the stick with a file after filling the crankcase with the proper amount of oil. The handle loop lines up right above the header bolt. I've had no problems with this setup.

One note: Once you lock down that compression fitting on the tube it's there to stay, so make sure you have the height where you want it.

Johnny




Thanks for the info. Looks like I'm off to get a new 25970 dipstick. I do like the braided flex one though... just for the looks.
I'm dropping Moroso an email as well to see what they say.
Jim
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09-21-09 12:12 PM - Post#1775701    
    In response to Jim.Biron

Some of the universal style dipsticks do not come with any markings on them. You are supposed to figure out the correct oil level (like when changing the oil, and you KNOW you put 5 quarts into a 5 quart pan - then you pull the dipstick and mark it for "full". You can also just put 4 quarts in a 5 quart pan, and then mark the dipstick for "low").

Some people try to file across the face of the dipstick blade, just like the stamped-in stock markings - this usually doesn't work. You file on the EDGE of the blade face (it stands out better and doesn't weaken the blade as much).





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Jim.Biron 
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09-22-09 06:54 AM - Post#1776136    
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  • Vaughn Said:
Some of the universal style dipsticks do not come with any markings on them. You are supposed to figure out the correct oil level (like when changing the oil, and you KNOW you put 5 quarts into a 5 quart pan - then you pull the dipstick and mark it for "full". You can also just put 4 quarts in a 5 quart pan, and then mark the dipstick for "low").

Some people try to file across the face of the dipstick blade, just like the stamped-in stock markings - this usually doesn't work. You file on the EDGE of the blade face (it stands out better and doesn't weaken the blade as much).







My issue is that the oil doesn't reach the dipstick at all, even with a new oil change.

Jim
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Johnny468 
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09-22-09 08:21 AM - Post#1776176    
    In response to Jim.Biron

Jim, if you use the setup I described you should see about 2 inches of oil on the stick. I like Vaughn's idea of notching the edge of the stick. This would make it easier to read in low light.

Johnny
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505/4-speed/4.30


 
Jim.Biron 
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09-25-09 11:03 AM - Post#1777986    
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  • Johnny468 Said:
Jim, if you use the setup I described you should see about 2 inches of oil on the stick. I like Vaughn's idea of notching the edge of the stick. This would make it easier to read in low light.

Johnny



Sometimes it pays to read the fine print before ordering. It clearly says you MUST use that dipstick with this pan.
The only question I have now, after looking at the picture, is how does it go together. Moroso's site has no installation instruction.
Jim
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Johnny468 
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09-25-09 11:51 AM - Post#1778022    
    In response to Jim.Biron

The brass piece with male threads on both ends screws into the pan (use thread sealant.) Then slide the other brass fitting with the female threaded part pointing down onto the tube from the bottom. Slide the "donut" compression fitting up onto the tube. Next slide the tube assembly into the fitting that is already screwed into the pan. Now when you tighten the top brass fitting onto the lower brass fitting it will squeeze the donut onto the tube. Be sure you have it set up exactly how you want it BEFORE you tighten down the upper fitting, because once that compression donut locks down on that tube it's there to stay. Like I said I cut the tube off just below the mounting tab and then cut the dipstick. The handle loop is right about spark plug height. Good luck.........

Johnny

1965 Impala SS
505/4-speed/4.30


 
Jim.Biron 
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09-26-09 03:44 AM - Post#1778402    
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  • Johnny468 Said:
The brass piece with male threads on both ends screws into the pan (use thread sealant.) Then slide the other brass fitting with the female threaded part pointing down onto the tube from the bottom. Slide the "donut" compression fitting up onto the tube. Next slide the tube assembly into the fitting that is already screwed into the pan. Now when you tighten the top brass fitting onto the lower brass fitting it will squeeze the donut onto the tube. Be sure you have it set up exactly how you want it BEFORE you tighten down the upper fitting, because once that compression donut locks down on that tube it's there to stay. Like I said I cut the tube off just below the mounting tab and then cut the dipstick. The handle loop is right about spark plug height. Good luck.........

Johnny






Very clear. Thanks.
Jim
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