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#388046 - 04/20/17 05:27 PM correct dip stick length ?
hardaground Offline

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I swear I saw this dimension posted a few days ago but now I can't find it.
Can someone chime in with the proper length ? Car's a '32.
Mine measures 7 and 5/8" from the flat stop to the bottom. The rubber gasket is missing.
Interestingly the parts book calls it an Oil Level Gauge Rod. Sounds more respectful.
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#388048 - 04/20/17 05:59 PM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: hardaground]
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The "book" says 7 7/8" from under felt washer to the bottom.
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#388049 - 04/20/17 06:04 PM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: hardaground]
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My "oil level gauge rod" measures the same as yours. The full mark is 1-3/8" from the tip. For the seal I used a piece of cork from a scrap gasket. When you add the proper amount of oil to your engine verify the level on the dipstick. I believe it's five quarts and may take a little extra on first fill as some will remain in the oil galleys. After reading Genes post perhaps I don't have the correct one but I did check the oil level as described previously due to the fact I had three dipsticks and two were 7-5/8" and one 8-1/4". With five quarts the 7-5/8" came right to the full mark.


Edited by m006840 (04/20/17 06:13 PM)
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#388050 - 04/20/17 06:42 PM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: m006840]
hardaground Offline

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My full mark is the same as yours but its length is still 1/4" shorter than Gene's book says it should be.

The manual gives motor capacity as 5 and 1/2 Qts. For refill, 5 Qts ( approx . 1 pt. remains in the system.)

After all this work, I'd like the oil level to be as accurate as possible.
Appreciate the tip and quick reply.

By the way, putting the rear end up all night on jacks did nothing to bring my empty freewheeling level back up after I mistakenly overfilled the U-joint. So I drained the U-joint but left a few oz., then re-filled the freewheeling unit from the top to the proper level. Should be good now. Maybe under way, the 600w sloshes around between the 3 units and seeks its own level. idea
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#388051 - 04/20/17 07:32 PM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: hardaground]
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There is no full mark on a 1932 dipstick. Just a crossed hatched area and the oil should be kept above the crossed hatched area as the top of that area indicates 3 qts in the oil pan With 5 Qts the level will be well above the cross hatch area.
In 1935 the dip stick was revised with the word FULL on top and a cross hatch area in the center with the word LOW at the bottom of the cross hatch area. At that point the new style dip stick was sold as a eplacement for 1929-1934 models.
The sealing felt on the dip stick stop is very thin and would make little difference in the reading.
To get an accurate reading and if the engine has been run do the check the next day before starting the enine. Also with hot oil the reading will be slightly higher due to expansion of the hot oil.
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#388054 - 04/20/17 07:53 PM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: hardaground]
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Quote:
I mistakenly overfilled the U-joint


The universal joint should have no more than 4 ounces of 600W.

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#388068 - 04/21/17 06:06 AM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: Chev Nut]
m006840 Offline



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From Gene's post it appears there are several variations of dipsticks. With five quarts being the amount remaining in the pan I would add the five quarts to the fresh engine and check the dipstick BEFORE cranking or priming the engine. After priming and running the engine let it set for 20 minutes and then fill back to the previously noted mark. It should take about half a quart as Gene posted above that amount will remain in the lines/galleys and pockets etc. My dipstick is different than all Gene mentioned as it has a line with the letter "F" above it and is cross hatched below the line and no other markings. I have added photos in the Members Photo forum.


Edited by m006840 (04/21/17 06:37 AM)
Edit Reason: Added info.
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#388077 - 04/21/17 07:33 AM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: m006840]
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Not sure how hard the dip stick is but filling your new engine with the 5qts, finding the line on your dipstick, then drilling it with a 1/16" drill would give you a good permanent mark (if the mark on the stick isn't close to where it should be. Yes, it's not original, but a good way to make a mark that's easy to see as our eyes get older. Has to be a tiny hole as the sticks are not that wide and don't want to weaken the stick.
I have Steve's 31' engine completely drained and the pan cleaned of 1" deep of sludge. I am going to put in the 5qts and take a reading on his stick also probably trying to drill that little hole as the "full" mark.


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#388080 - 04/21/17 07:51 AM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: Chistech]
hardaground Offline

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My "barn survivor" engine dip stick also looks correct and matches the one pictured in the part book. Still has the felt washer. Looks like Steve's too.
It says LOW but not FULL on it.
The one from my car is completely different and 1/4"shorter.
But yeah, as my engine is bone dry, I'll simply monitor the level with both sticks as I pour in 5 and 1/2 qts.
I'm sorry to hear about your eyes Chistech. Jeeze.You're getting old. laugh

Top photo- current dipstick from engine. Bottom dipstick is from spare barn engine.
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#388081 - 04/21/17 08:25 AM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: hardaground]
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The bottom dip stick shown in the photo is like the dipstick that is in my all original, barn survivor, 1932 Chevrolet Special Sedan.

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#388090 - 04/21/17 11:16 AM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: hardaground]
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You will want to check the level with FIVE quarts as that is what will remain in the pan after running. Checking with five and a half quarts before running will give you an overfull reading.
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#388119 - 04/21/17 05:32 PM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: m006840]
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Good point ! Now to get it running. Maybe next week…. drool
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#388174 - 04/22/17 05:37 PM Re: correct dip stick length ? [Re: hardaground]
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Filled Steve's motor today and the level with 5 quarts came up to about 1/16 below the full line. His motor was completely dry because I pulled the pan. I will add another 1/2qt to compensate for the trough filling up.

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