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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 04, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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I recently replaced my engine with a 5.7 Vortec engine from a '01 Express 1500 Van. The tube and dipstick for the van was a mile long, so I ordered a tube and stick for a '98 pickup, which had the the same engine. I compared the ends of the dipticks from the bump that locates the tubes, and the indicator marks are signiicantly different. The van dipstick is about a qt higher than the trucks.

My question: Which should I trust. Both dipsticks should indicate the same level regardless of the pan capacity???


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 04, 06:20 AM
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The easy way to do this is to fill your pan with 5 quarts, (4 + 1 for the filter sorta overage deal), at change and just mark it.

I say this b/c you may have a pan that is bigger or smaller then a stock old motor's pan.

I ran into this when I dropped the old 409 "W" motor in my car that was out of a 2-1/2 ton dump truck. I think the pan held 7 quarts before it hit the stock 409's dipstick's mark..

He, He!! I converted that old "W" motor to a .060" over, NASCAR spec'ed jobber with three (big) -2's and boy did it cackle!! Think it was 11.5 to 1 CR.?? (Glasspacks like I talk about and all).........


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hehe, love those 409's, Paul. That was last century, right?

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