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post #1 of 5 Old 07-23-2007, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Its the little things.......

We purchased a 1973 cj5 from a friend back in the spring. We have had a ball, and thankfully he had already done quite a bit of work to it. So far all we have had to do is the following:

Valve cover gasket replaced.
Master cylinder replaced.
Tune up with plugs, distibutor cap & button.
New clutch.
New brakes all around.
New Tires

The previous owner had already blasted & repainted the body inside & out, added six inches of lift and installed a nice stereo and speakers. All new seats too.

The motor is the 304 and the headers sound really great.

Now, we were just about to head to the beach with her next week and were wrapping up the finishing stages of the tune up. Hubby decided to check the oil before our trip. Pulled out the dipstick and the tube came along for the ride!

My question is, can this be fixed without pulling the motor? It appears to have snapped off right where it connects to the engine.......If fixing it is a really big deal, can we drive it like it is? Once we fixed the leaking valve cover, we noticed we go thru about a quart of oil every other tank of gas. We know a rebuild is in the not to distant future..... Advice for the weekend and for the long haul fix?


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post #2 of 5 Old 07-23-2007, 03:40 PM
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Now if it was mine I'd try to fnd a screw or tap that I could get a grip on the inside of the broken piece and try to pull it out.

A lot of people use large quanitys of JB Weld.

The best would be to drop the pan and tap the sucker back out.

OOPS my bad I see it's a 304 and not a 258. Don't know how easy those things will be.
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i put one in my 304. Dropped the pan, pushed the old one out and a new one in. It was time consuming getting the pan out and back on right and trying to find the perfect angle where i could get the new dipstick into place. Took a couple hours but was worth it not having to think about it everytime i drove it.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-23-2007, 05:26 PM
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Beach or fix it right, hmmmm, go for the JBweld for the Beach trip and then fix it right. Just bring some extra oil incase you need to add a quart or two.

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Another quick fix involves taking a bolt that will lightly thread into the hole/broken piece of tube, putting a little silicone on it and threading into place until you can fix it..
I drove an old 78 CJ7 around like that for a little while.. about 7 years..

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