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2 dipsticks... no joke...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by reddog64, Nov 16, 2000.

  1. reddog64

    reddog64 1/2 ton status

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    I have a GM goodwrench motor as a replacement in my Jimmy... I recently had to put in a new oil pump.. long story dont ask...
    While I had the pan off and was trying to find a new gasket to fit it... I had to find a gasket with dipsicks on both sides of the pan... Everytime i order parts for this engine it worries me... I dont know the year of the engine and it took 3 different sets of pan gaskets before they got it right... Anyone have any idea of why there's 2 dipsticks? I only have the on e on the driversside installed to check oil... the other is capped off... but it is still ther and could easily be used if I wanted too...
    I need to know the year of the motor so I can make it a little easier and cheaper when buying parts for this motor...
    It's a 4 bolt main if that helps...
    I dont know the casting numbers...
    Any help would be appreciated...
    Thanks!

    Um... yes officer I know it's too big...
     
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    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    Only thing I know to do is go back to the source. Goodwrench! If they sold it, they should have a clue as to what the hell it is.

    Don't you buy no ugly truck!
     
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    reddog64 1/2 ton status

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    I dont know where the engin came from ... I bought it this way...
    It only has about 20K on it though...

    Um... yes officer I know it's too big...
     
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    The driver's side dipstick was used up till about 1979, and 1979 and later engines used a passenger side dipstick. Replacement engines from GM have bosses and oil pans configured so that one engine will fit both early and late applications...just place your dipstick whereever it originally went. As for gaskets, both styles will work, just use a glob of silicone where the cutout portion is to insure against leaks.

    ken
     
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    Thanks Ken,
    So you sayin it's a late model block...
    at least your best guess...

    Um... yes officer I know it's too big...
     
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    If it has two dipstick locations, then yes it is a newer block, GM modified to use as replacement engines for both early and late applications.

    ken
     
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    70jimmy 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Cmon guys its to check the oil level on each side of the block. You must have proper level on each side. isnt that when you have an engine balanced??



    Just kidding
     

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