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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 09, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Question Question on 350 oil capacity

My wifes 1969 Camaro has, what we were told when we bought it 9 years ago, a 350 "crate" engine.

Has the oil capacity of a stock 350 or a crate 350 ever been anything less than 5 quarts?

The dipstick is reading over 5 (nearly 6 guestimate) of oil, since my last change when I put a new filter and 5 quarts in.

It doesn't appear to be any water, as the oil looks good. Just too much.

BTW, it has been sitting about a week since it was last run (about 20 miles).

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Re: Question on 350 oil capacity

does it have the stock oil pan on it? usually a stock pan on a 350 with the oil filter is 5tqs total..
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does it have the stock oil pan on it? usually a stock pan on a 350 with the oil filter is 5tqs total..
Good question and I don't know.

Would they ever have a pan that is less than 5 quarts?
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Re: Question on 350 oil capacity

hmmm. Same thing with me. I'm using the original dip stick and tube. I just changes oil, and the oil mark is at the second L on FULL. I used 5 quarts
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Good question and I don't know.

Would they ever have a pan that is less than 5 quarts?
nope...a 350 motor with a stock pan and the filter is 5qts capacity...unless there is an aftermarket pan on it...
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Re: Question on 350 oil capacity

It could be because of the size of the oil filter. Back in 69 they were a liitle taller than they are now. I always use about 4 1/2 quarts on an oil change with a new filter. Brings it right to the full mark. I had the same issue with a 305 c.i. in my boat.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 09, 03:17 PM
 
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Re: Question on 350 oil capacity

The old cans held a quart and the engines had 4 qt pans for a total of 5 qts.

We can still buy qt spin-on filters if one will fit the aluminum/pot-metal adapter? and if it will, big truck parts places sell tall spin-ons that hold like 2 qts. for a total of 7 qts.

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Re: Question on 350 oil capacity

Seems like I need about 5 1/2 quarts after putting my old cannister back on!
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Re: Question on 350 oil capacity

Thanks for the input guys. I will try 4 1/2 quarts next time and check it more closely.

I had, from 1978 to 1984 a 69 Cutlass with a 350, but have little recall of the oil filter. The current one does seem shorter though.

Really appreciate the help.
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Modern oil filters are down-right puny sized by me!

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Re: Question on 350 oil capacity

which oil filter are you running? if you are running the short filter- Delco PF25 (i think) equivalent- then upgrade to the truck PF35 equivalent.
then just run 5 quarts and you should be pretty close.

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which oil filter are you running? if you are running the short filter- Delco PF25 (i think) equivalent- then upgrade to the truck PF35 equivalent.
then just run 5 quarts and you should be pretty close.
Yes (cept it is a purolator equivalent), and interesting, thanks!
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