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post #1 of 3 Old 08-15-2009, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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New 360 dipstick too long?

I just got the dipstick in the new motor. (Should have put it in the block BEFORE installing motor and headers etc...but anyway) The dipstick seems to be hitting something in the pan and sticks up about 2 inches from seating fully in the tube. There is only about an inch of oil on the bottom of the stick when I remove it. I Am tempted to just cut the stick and mark the 5 QT line on it but it would only give me an inch of reading. Any suggestions? I also tried bending the last two inchs of the stcik with a little curve just to help it orient at the bottom, but it's didn't change anything..

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-15-2009, 01:34 PM
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You'd have to drop the pan to really know what's happening. I've had them hit on windage trays, cranks etc... It usually just takes a small curve to get it going the right way.

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I thought briefly about dropping the pan, and ultimately that will be the answer. The thing is that if I was hitting the windage tray in it, i dont think it is low enough in the pan that I would have an inch of oil over it if you know what I mean? From what I remember I'd be hitting the tray before the oil level. I could be wrong though. Anyone have a photo of a stock 360 oil pan that may refresh my memory?

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