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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 03, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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the oil dipstick tube on my 67 camaro, 350, is loose and swiveling quite a bit. I would like to get a new one, but none of the parts dealers can help me with this question: is there supposed to be a gasket or seal between the tube and the engine block? or is the metal tube supposed to fit tightly on its own?

Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 03, 03:31 AM
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The tube just presses in. Most of the restoration
parts places carry new dipstick tubes

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 03, 07:30 AM
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Be very creful and select a factory replacement if possible. I've had trouble with aftermarket, especially the chrome tubes. They're oversized and will break off while installing them.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 03, 01:33 PM
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i bought a new dipstick and tube right from my local GM dealer, the dipstick was actually in stock, but the tube had to be ordered. it only took a couple of days, and i think it was around 15$ for both. they look and fit like factory. (maybe thats because they are ) hope that helps


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 03, 06:54 AM
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A while back, I was looking into this issue and recorded the following GM part number that I was going to use as a starting point to find the correct dipstick tube: 3951600

I haven't gotten to the point where I need the tube so the number isn't verified. But, it may help.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 03, 12:00 PM
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mim, (??????)
Just take the tube out and find a bolt or other round piece of metal that is just a touch too big to go into the tube. Tap the bolt into the tube and it will expand it and make it tight again. These things are not "Rocket Science" they were never that tight even when new.

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