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Engine dipstick tube side determines year ?!?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ColAdo82K5, Dec 6, 2000.

  1. ColAdo82K5

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    Didn't pre-80 small blocks have the oil dipstick on the drivers side and the 80-85 blocks have it on the passenger side ? Is this oil dipstick movable to a different side ?
    My '82 k5 has a 305 with a drivers side stick, is this the correct year block ? I just relized this. I know i can run the numbers but it's cold outside right now.
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    you can but, why????? you need a pan from a pass side dip motor, and a little steel block that will bolt to the engine block. Screwed into the engine block right above your new pan. I had a motor like this, The thing always leaked...........stay stock.....just.02cents...js
     
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    Mine is a 79 with the dip stick on the driver side, and it is stock. I think they went to driver side dip sticks around 76.

    When all else fails MASH the skinny pedal!
     
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    From my experience, the 75-85 had them on the driver's side and the 86+ had them on the Passenger side.

    There may be a few oddballs, GM was good for making things different!

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    My 81 Jimmy has the dipstick on the passenger side. I know for sure it is older than '86 because it has the 2 piece rear main seal.

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    Ok, so I guess I am worng or you have a GM oddball! LOL

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    Ok, so I guess I am wrong or you have a GM oddball! LOL

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    OK, once and for all the correct, accurate answer...pre '80 small blocks had driver's side dipsticks, and 1980 and up have passenger side dipsticks. The 1986 and up blocks have the one piece rear main seal, which uses a different oil pan than the previous years. If your '82 has a driver side dipstick, then someone has changed the motor at some point. Also, replacement engines from GM come with provisions for dipsticks on both sides, so they do not have to stock two styles of engines (pre'80 and post'80). GET IT???

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    Thanks ken, oh and have a coffee would ya![​IMG]

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    You forgot one, the GM Target block which has a place to put the dipstick on either side, just block off the side you don't use and get the right pan. Anyway's that's what I have in my 79, pass side is blocked and the drivers side is used. Just another wrench in there to add to the confusion factor.
     
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    Hey Wheels, didya even read my post????...

    "GM replacement engines come with provisions for dipsticks on both sides, so they do not have to stock two styles of engines (pre'80 and post'80). GET IT???"...

    I think I said it there. And Rene, I think that's from having TOO MUCH coffee!!!! Hehehehe!!!



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