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« on: May 15, 2012, 04:51:37 PM »

What is the correct "grey tip" oil dipstick for all 1968 Camaro small blocks?  Does anyone have a picture and details on the text scribed onto the blade?  Hopefully, JohnZ or one of the Legends judges can chime in.

All small blocks (302, 327, and 350) used the same oil dipstick (Group 1.516, 3923239) according to my 1967-69 Camaro Master Parts Catalog No. 691A (dated July 1969).  Page 6/B2 of the 1968 AIM also lists 3923239 as the dipstick for V-8 engines (pictured was a small block) and lists the dipstick as having a "grey tip". 

If it helps your search, according to my 1971 P&A 30A, the dimension from Full to Stop (Length A) is 17-17/32 inches and from Add to Stop (Length B) is 18-7/16 inches.

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012, 07:09:41 PM »

Is this what you are needing?  This is my dipstick from my 1968 Z28.  Dimensions are the same as you are stating and the tip is grey.

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012, 07:39:12 PM »

Is that all the text on the blade?  What about further up towards the handle? 

I also need a picture of the handle (unpainted) with the grey tip.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012, 09:05:54 PM »

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=3540.0
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2012, 09:11:47 PM »

68Zproject,

The CRG Forum link you gave doesn't have any pictures.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012, 09:47:32 PM »

Is that all the text on the blade?  What about further up towards the handle?
That is all the text there is on the blade.
I also need a picture of the handle (unpainted) with the grey tip.

Here tis.....





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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2012, 09:16:44 PM »

Thanks 1968 Z28.

I'm just guessing because I'm not sure, but I didn't think that the dimpled handle dipsticks were made until the 70s?  Was this your original dipstick, or a service replacement? 
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2012, 10:33:41 PM »

Same dipstick that was in engine when I bought the car in 1972.  Original owner lives about a 1/2 mile from me and we converse often and he has stated many times that the car was completely original when he traded it away in 1972.
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2012, 11:11:20 PM »

Same dipstick that was in engine when I bought the car in 1972.  Original owner lives about a 1/2 mile from me and we converse often and he has stated many times that the car was completely original when he traded it away in 1972.

Jerry MacNeish says a '68 Z/28 should have a round handle...

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=3437.0

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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2012, 02:31:03 PM »

Give Pace Car Jeff a call. He has LOTS of dip sticks and is knowledgeable about them too.
I thought the dimples came later too.

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2012, 05:06:32 PM »

Wow, thanks 1968RSZ28. 

I didn't find that forum string because I was spelling it as "dipstick" vice "dip stick" in my search.  It looks like all my questions were answered with the other forum string...and that I have the correct 68 SB dipstick...round handle, no dimple, grey tip.  Thanks everybody for the help and your time.

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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2012, 10:59:19 PM »

Wow, thanks 1968RSZ28. 

I didn't find that forum string because I was spelling it as "dipstick" vice "dip stick" in my search.  It looks like all my questions were answered with the other forum string...and that I have the correct 68 SB dipstick...round handle, no dimple, grey tip.  Thanks everybody for the help and your time.

No problem, Bernie.  Yes, you have the correct dipstick for a '68 Camaro per Jerry MacNeish.  I have the same one in my '68 Z/28.   Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2012, 08:37:41 AM »

That is not a "dimple" dipstick.  just a funny bend.  See below for a later stick with Dimple....
The writing on the stick looks perfectly correct to me.
the shape of the handle is not what I typically see for 68 SB, but i would imagine that more then one or two vendors were making those at the time.

That looks like a correct 1968 stick to me...
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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2012, 03:38:24 PM »

Jeff......many thanks.  I knew if anyone would know dip sticks, it would be you.  Now that doesn't sound quite right... Grin  Smiley

I have seen a forum post somewhere, don't remember quite where, that listed the manufacture stampings....such as E, M.  It didn't name the manufacture, just noted the different stampings.  So I think that would account for the various differences in the handle shape.  Also, being this is a late car might have something to do with the differences.

Thanks again,
Jerry G.
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2012, 07:55:54 PM »

I started to notice a pattern after a while - all the "M" sticks were the round handles.
All the "E" sticks were the flattened curves.
The "E" sticks came in two versions also - - some with color coded tips, and some with squished flat ends.  - -

There were W's and circle B's  - - there were a few more markings that I have seen....
Those are the manufactures designation code - I would think???

I believe they were all being used interchangeably - - the wording on the sticks is what was consistent from year to year.
Also the length, and full markings - remained constant for the different applications...
As the GM recommended oil quality changed - so did the wording on the sticks.

Yes - I got to know a lot of dip sticks over the years Grin
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