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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-09-2000, 03:43 AM Thread Starter
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Dipstick tube for 258?

My dipstick tube from an '82 258 engine broke near the block. The tube is fairly long and has a bracket attached to the head and ends near the top of the distributor. When I got the replacement from the dealer, it was a short version without the bend. This seemed advantageous for a clean set-up, adn shorter dipstick. I installed with permetex aviation sealer. It looks like oil is coming out the top of the tube (only about 3-4 inches above where it enters the block.

Ok, here is the question. Can I buy a dipstick that seats or seals the top of the short tube? My wife's suburban has tranny dipstick that locks down like a boat plug. As you lock it down, it squeezes the rubber stopper inside the top of the tube.

I cut my original dipstick down to size, but the rubber at the handle end is probably old, brittle, and ineffective. Would a new dipstick do the trick, or does a short tube require something special?



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Re: Dipstick tube for 258?

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Re: Dipstick tube for 258?

I bought a rebuilt motor from an eagle. It had the short dipstick tube. I tried to pull my long jeep tube from it's block and it broke off at the block. So I cut the long tube's bottom to make up for the length of the short tube, used a short piece of rubber hose with a clamp on each end to seal the two together, then used the bolt to hold it to the block. Now I have the same setup as original, and can use the original dipstick. I think you need the long tube for jeeping if you encounter water.

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