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    Maybe I'm missing something.

    I've got a B&B pan that I ran last season with a halfassed rigged leaky dipstick arrangement that I found in a box of junk from one of my old racecars...and it fit, so I used it.

    I'm getting the boat ready for this season and I'd like to make this right. The problem I'm running into is that the 2 stock BBC dipsticks I have use straight tubes. The dipstick bung on the pan is angled to tight against the block such that anything straight will hit the block plug, and it I take out the block plug...it'll hit the block a couple inches farther up.

    Are people just bending the stock tubes up (need some pretty good bending) or what? I contemplated welding a nut onto it and making a threaded dipstick, but I don't really wanna pull the pan off the motor right now.

    What's everyone else doing for dipsticks with this pan?
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    This is what I've used in the past:
    http://www.summitracing.com/parts/LOK-ED5003/

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    What do you need a dipstick for? Shit can it all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudPumper View Post
    What do you need a dipstick for? Shit can it all together.

    That crossed my mind as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbhsbz View Post
    Maybe I'm missing something.

    I've got a B&B pan that I ran last season with a halfassed rigged leaky dipstick arrangement that I found in a box of junk from one of my old racecars...and it fit, so I used it.

    I'm getting the boat ready for this season and I'd like to make this right. The problem I'm running into is that the 2 stock BBC dipsticks I have use straight tubes. The dipstick bung on the pan is angled to tight against the block such that anything straight will hit the block plug, and it I take out the block plug...it'll hit the block a couple inches farther up.

    Are people just bending the stock tubes up (need some pretty good bending) or what? I contemplated welding a nut onto it and making a threaded dipstick, but I don't really wanna pull the pan off the motor right now.

    What's everyone else doing for dipsticks with this pan?
    I don't know on that specific pan, but for many applications you need to bend the "stock" GM type dipstick tubes. I do it by bending them against my knee to keep a large radius and avoid kinking.

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    I went and picked up another stock dipstick today, bend it up so it would clear and stuck it in...it fits real loose and I guess relies on silicone to seal it.

    I ended up kneading up some epoxy putty, got a 3/8 bolt, lubed the threads with WD40 (release agent) and wrapped it the epoxy putty, then finessed it into the dipstick boss on the pan packing the putty tight around the bolt. 5 minutes later I unscrewed the bolt. I cleaned the pan boss real well with Q-tips and brake clean so the putty would bond...i've got about 1" of bond and 1" of thread engagement. Should be fine. I'll just keep a dipstick in my tool bag. If I want to check the level, I'll pull out the bolt and shove the dipstick in there.


    The Lokar unit Skip posted is cool...but money's gettin kinda tight with the new kid and all, so I think that's $50 better spent on boat gas.
    yeah...I'm a hack...
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