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Old April 30th, 2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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We've been building this early bronco from scratch for several years and I'm planning to prime the 302 engine this weekend. I SWEAR I bought a case of Mobil 1 oil a month ago, and don't see the box lying around the barn; yet when I check the oil dipstick it is dry as a bone. Wouldn't it show up on the dipstick even if it were sitting at the bottom of the pan prior to being primed? I hate to have to drain it only to find that it was full...
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Old April 30th, 2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Not positive on the fords... But every Chevy i have ever owned the oil should definately be on the dipstick or its more than 1.5-2 quarts low.
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Take drain plug out. If oil comes out put plug in fast. Add oil till on dipstick
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If there is adequate oil in it, it would show up on the dipstick.
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Yeah, I'll just check it for oil first then add as I go. I may have added 5 qts., and since it is a fresh motor with new filter it might need 6 to fill. Must be getting old. Can't even remember filling oil a month ago...
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It should defintitely show oil on the dipstick assuming you have the correct one in there.

Pull the distributor and prime it that way before firing it, always a good idea if it hasn't been run in a while or a fresh rebuild.
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It should defintitely show oil on the dipstick assuming you have the correct one in there.

Pull the distributor and prime it that way before firing it, always a good idea if it hasn't been run in a while or a fresh rebuild.
That's the plan for the weekend. Since I got the engine "used" I was worried that the dipstick may be wrong, but if I see the oil show on the dipstick with another quart then I'll assume I'm good to go.
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Ive never messed with a newly primed engine, but at work this is how i determine how low a car is. If theres nothing on the stick, its at least 2 qts. low. If oil reads at the bottom of the 'operating/safe' zone, then you are a 1 qt low.
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Ive never messed with a newly primed engine, but at work this is how i determine how low a car is. If theres nothing on the stick, its at least 2 qts. low. If oil reads at the bottom of the 'operating/safe' zone, then you are a 1 qt low.
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If anything I would guess that it would read high not being primed. If it was primed you would have a bit of oil in the filter and top end.
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tap on the pan with something metal. empty pans sound like empty pans.

Or just go get more oil...
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tap on the pan with something metal. empty pans sound like empty pans.

Or just go get more oil...
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Well there was oil in the pan. I plugged it again, so I not only don't recall how much I originally added, but also don't know how much is currently there. I'll add a quart at a time until it registers on the dipstick. If it takes more than 2 quarts I may just empty it and start from scratch.
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are you sure you have the right dipstick???
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Lemme ask ya this....why are u running Mobil 1 on a fresh rebuild? I run diesel oil like rotilla for break in because its got zink.
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Lemme ask ya this....why are u running Mobil 1 on a fresh rebuild? I run diesel oil like rotilla for break in because its got zink.
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Do not use synthetic oil for break in.

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Do not use synthetic oil for break in.

Or just the cheap auto parts store stuff.
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I've researched this and have read that zinc levels are the same in the mobil 1; although I've also read to add the zinc additive to any oil during break in. Although I suppose I'm wasting money...
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You're seriously asking how to check a dip stick, yet plan on firing up a fresh motor?
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You're seriously asking how to check a dip stick, yet plan on firing up a fresh motor?
No, I'm not asking how to check a dipstick, and I have rebuilt engines before. I was concerned that I have the wrong dipstick and didn't want to overfill the engine with oil.
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