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Re: What is correct "grey tip" oil dipstick for 1968 small blocks?
« Reply #45 on: August 12, 2017, 05:14:12 PM »
Chick,

My 68 O7E, Tonawanda 0702EE L-30 has the flat Gray tip E stamp as well.


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Re: What is correct "grey tip" oil dipstick for 1968 small blocks?
« Reply #46 on: September 06, 2017, 05:15:34 AM »
Hi everyone -

I've been following the dipstick discussion with a lot of interest.  I've got a 1968 Camaro 327 standard base model manual transmission with no a/c.  During the recent restoration, the guy doing the work somehow misplaced my original dipstick and tube.  From some of the other forum postings, I think the correct dipstick is GM part number 3923239 with a "grey tip".  I'm not sure though if should have a flat or round handle or what letter should be stamped on it.  The car numbers are as follows:

VIN - 124378N4326**
Engine code - 3914678
Engine application code - V0508MA 

I'm also trying to find a NOS or good used dipstick tube and I've gotten conflicting information on the correct GM part number.  Some say GM 3951600 and others say GM 3865664.  I'm want to keep my car as stock as possible so I appreciate all the help the experts can provide.  Also, any idea on who might be selling these items?  If I need to provide another car code please let me know.  Thanks.

68Zproject

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Re: What is correct "grey tip" oil dipstick for 1968 small blocks?
« Reply #47 on: September 07, 2017, 02:11:08 PM »
I think the tube is just the standard GM small block tube available everywhere still.  One is inside the block under the pan and the other is outside on the block.   That's the difference in part numbers.

On the dipstick, I think the inference is the flat handle goes with mostly NOR cars and the round one seems to be more LOS cars.  Not 100% as it could just be two suppliers and different stock of one type in greater quanity at each location.
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Re: What is correct "grey tip" oil dipstick for 1968 small blocks?
« Reply #48 on: September 10, 2017, 11:22:16 PM »

On the dipstick, I think the inference is the flat handle goes with mostly NOR cars and the round one seems to be more LOS cars.  Not 100% as it could just be two suppliers and different stock of one type in greater quanity at each location.
The info I posted shows several early NOR cars with the round dipstick. Still a small number but the low population shows more of the early cars having the round dipstick and later cars having the flat stick with gray tip. Bottom line, for sure both round and flat dipsticks were used and are correct IMHO.
Start 1968 Z/28 Dipsticks:
11C NOR Round handle w/gray tip
11C Flat handle w/gray tip
12D NOR Round handle w/gray tip
12D NOR Flat handle w/gray tip
01B NOR M stamp Round handle w/gray tip
02C LOS M stamp Round handle w/gray tip

All of the below have the flat handle with gray tip, and "E" stamp.
04D 68 Was at MCACN 2015 in barn finds
05E 68 Danny’s E stamp
06A 68 Dave’s E stamp
06B 68 rare396bronze E stamp NOR
07C 68 Jerry’s E stamp
07D 68 Skip’s E stamp
Chick
68 Z/28 NOR 01B Orig motor/trans/rear
69 Z/28 NOR 07A Orig Block & GM Cross-ram/carbs
69 L34 Rest. Nova Father/Son Car
69 L78 Surv Nova Purch 4/69 31K miles
67 L89 Corv Tribute
68 Corv 427/400 Orig motor
07 Corv Z06
R 68Z build- http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=182584

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Re: What is correct "grey tip" oil dipstick for 1968 small blocks?
« Reply #49 on: September 12, 2017, 04:07:20 AM »
If it means anything or helps the April MO shortblock I'm using has a round / grey tip stick, I can't back it as original to that block as I don't have complete history On it.
Chris W