GS350 Dipstick replacement ? Identification ? Its a mess !!

Discussion in 'Small Block Tech' started by Doomsday Graphix, Jun 10, 2024.

  1. Doomsday Graphix

    Doomsday Graphix 65 Wildcat

    Hi All, my 1970 GS350 has a messed up dipstick arrangement. i have just bought the car and uncovering a lot of gremlins.. The dipstick has a tube, the tube fits to the block just above the oil pan in the flange. (see below)

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    The dipstick tube starts underneath the level of the exhaust manifold (below), its virtually impossible to get the dipstick in. I poked a welding wire down the hole and it seems to bottom out about 16" down.

    350 (2).jpg

    The actual dipstick is a joke, its 6" long so goes nowhere near any oil, it looks like its out of a 4 cylinder Ford!

    350 (3).jpg

    Can anybody tell me what i need, TA look to do a one piece tube and dipstick for a 350 - part number TA_1500C - this is pretty much the only one i have found that looks remotely right.
    anybody any ideas? many thanks
    Andy
     
  2. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

  3. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Here's what my 71 350 dipstick tube looks like on the engine. I can measure it if need be. I think any 350 dipstick and tube that are a matched pair will work.
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  4. Doomsday Graphix

    Doomsday Graphix 65 Wildcat


    Hi Greg
    yeah, thats what mine looks like, cool, but you can see my dipstick is like 6" long. :-(
    Could you measure your dipstick please buddy, that would be a massive help (distance from under flange to tip)
    thank you pal
     
  5. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Right about 18" long to the stop.
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  6. alec296

    alec296 i need another buick

    Ta performance has new dipstick . Longer also. With tube . That is not the correct dipstick.
     
  7. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    I beg to differ. That dipstick is a showing exactly full with 5qts of oil after an oil change and start to circulate. Maybe newer ones have the sealed end but this is what a 71 Buick 350 dipstick looks like.
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2024
  8. MrSony

    MrSony Well-Known Member

    Every buick 350 I've had had a two piece dipstick. Lower part presses into the block with a light tap, and bolts to the block with a tab. The upper part bolts to the exhaust manifold's heat shield on the driver's side.
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2024
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  9. Mart

    Mart Gold level member

    The original on my 71 plus one off a spare 71 look like this. Any style of stick & tube the right length will read the level correctly.
    This rubber coated stick is from a blue year motor....
     

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