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Re: Dipstick length
raleigh58 #1333868 Fri Nov 15 2019 02:15 PM
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Tim, you nailed it! thumbs_up thumbs_up

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Re: Dipstick length
raleigh58 #1333872 Fri Nov 15 2019 03:00 PM
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I added 6 quarts oil to my new 261 with stock filter. I ran it to seat the cam shaft and let it sit.

I then filed a little notch on the dipstick of unknown origin at the oil line. I keep an eye on that notch but I use very, very little oil between my Spring and Fall changes. I haven't worried about an "Add Oil" mark.


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet

28 Years of Daily Driving. Now with a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
Re: Dipstick length
tclederman #1333873 Fri Nov 15 2019 03:03 PM
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TC,

The engine is a 1958 in-line 235 straight 6. Very simple engine as you well know.

Re: Dipstick length
raleigh58 #1333876 Fri Nov 15 2019 03:15 PM
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Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Dipstick length
tclederman #1333901 Fri Nov 15 2019 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by tclederman
I am not an expert - take my suggestion with less than a grain of salt.

What make, year, size engine (for what size/make truck)?
Is this a new/unused engine (the procedure below would be slightly different in each case)?

Here is my simple-minded suggestion:

Find out the oil capacity/fill specs for that engine - how much oil it needs for an oil change w/wo oil filter (depending on what your engine has). Ask here, if you cannot find the specs).

Empty the engine-oil (and replace the filter).

Add the specified qts of oil.
Wait a few minutes for the oil to settle.
Start the engine and run it until it warms up.
Stop the engine, and, wait 5 minutes.
Remove dipstick and clean/wipe it.
Put the dipstick back, and then remove it.
Mark the level/location of the oil on the dipstick.

Go-ahead: make fun of me - deride me - feel sorry for me (and my family) if my simple-minded suggestion it ridiculous.


follow the instructions as mentioned but instead of new marks on dipstick, trim the tube until dipstick original marking is correct.

Re: Dipstick length
raleigh58 #1333902 Fri Nov 15 2019 06:12 PM
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Nice, Greg

Thanks


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Dipstick length
tclederman #1333903 Fri Nov 15 2019 06:17 PM
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Good info. Thanks TC.

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Greg_H #1333904 Fri Nov 15 2019 06:17 PM
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Thanks Greg.

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raleigh58 #1333971 Sat Nov 16 2019 08:58 AM
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Just use one that always reads full...no worries then!!

Re: Dipstick length
beltfed #1333973 Sat Nov 16 2019 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by beltfed
What would the experts, or anyone else for that matter, suggest for . . . .

Originally Posted by Rocket man
Just use one that always reads full...no worries then!!

"And all this science I don't understand"
"Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone"


nanner


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
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