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dipstick replacements (From FastVairs)
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: March 20, 2017 08:25PM

I was working out in the garage this last week. Well, not “working out”, just working – in the garage. I noticed that, as the last V8 left my area – via my Camaro purge – I had a nice V8 dipstick left over. A plastic handle saying “Engine Oil”, and a nice rubber grommet that would slip over the dipstick tube, either on the Camaro or a Corvair. In shuffling around the half-dozen Corvair motors in my garage, mostly perched on bellhousings, I noticed that only a few had dipsticks. That seemed to account for the more-than a half-dozen Corvair dipsticks in the cabinet, several of which were the nice Chromed Corsa sticks. Except for a couple of them, they were missing that rubber grommet that would slide-over and seal to the dipstick tube, at least on late models. Maybe for street use, it wouldn’t matter much, but if you extend the rev range of the Corvair motor, oil will climb out of the dipstick tube, even if you have trimmed it at the bottom of the case. A quick check of Clarks showed no dipsticks available, the “maybe someday” note! So I looked at the V8 dipstick and noticed that, except for the extra 6” or so, it would have fit into the Corvair motor, and sealed over the Corvair dipstick tube just fine! I measured a couple of times, checking it twice or thrice, then cut off the extra length on the V8 dipstick. I took out a Chisel, compared the two dipsticks for length and added the “Full” and “Fill” marks with an easy punch. After admiring my handiwork, I wrote down the part number from the dipstick and checked it on line, hoping to suggest a cheap alternative for people to use on their Corvairs, with a little bit of invisible work. It turns out the dipstick I had modified was an 87-88 Corvette only dipstick, valued by collectors and hard to find. DOH! So I looked up others. Spectre Industries, in Southern California, sells a dipstick P/N 5726. It comes with a throw-away dipstick tube for a 305 Chevy Camaro. The dipstick is, as mentioned, too long. But it has a great snap-over mount/seal for the tube and, as described for the Corvette, can be shortened and marked for the Corvair motor. About $15, depending on shipping. The pull-out loop at the top is plated, but not as fancy as the original Chrome GM one. And this seal will actually do that! I cut and marked that one as well, with a full and add mark. If you need more info, let me know.

Seth Emerson

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Re: dipstick replacements (From FastVairs)
Posted by: ROD ()
Date: March 20, 2017 08:51PM

Cool tip thanks Seth !

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Re: dipstick replacements (From FastVairs)
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 20, 2017 10:10PM

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Re: dipstick replacements (From FastVairs)
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 20, 2017 10:19PM

scored one on ebay $9.99 shipped

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