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Old 10-27-2003, 07:00 PM   #15
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Oil Consumption

1 quart after 2,000 to 3,000 miles, then about 1 quart per thousand miles.

75,000 miles on engine.
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Old 10-27-2003, 07:03 PM   #16
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My 81 doesnt burn a drop. With 52,000 miles thats pretty damn good. I too check the oil often. Before everytrip and along the way when I make a stop. Cant be too cautious on fluid levels.
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Old 10-27-2003, 07:39 PM   #17
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less than 1 quart per 1000 miles. 51K on the engine
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Old 10-27-2003, 08:34 PM   #18
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56K on engine...don't know consumption cuz I can't check!!!
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Old 11-01-2003, 08:24 PM   #19
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new tube

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Old 12-11-2003, 10:38 PM   #20
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Question Oil Capacity 454

I change the oil and filter in the driveway tonight, warmed up the engine first and then did the work on the bottom. Added six quarts, stated the engine and got good oil pressure. Checked the oil level and it is just over the full mark. Ran the engine up to full temp, no change. My question is, how can you tell if the dip stick is wrong or there was oil not drained, like out of the oil cooler.
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Old 12-12-2003, 09:06 AM   #21
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Oil Volume

Total oil volume of the heat exchanger (including lines) is only about a half pint.

The heat exchanger internal to the radiator is quite a bit higher than the engine oil sump, therefore I always assume a pretty good drain by gravity will have occured.
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:30 AM   #22
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Airsteam "buddies" are the best! I just completed the 454 Chevy "new starter" install with the expertise of a great man named Paul Whittle. (Thanks, Paul) The job took a little longer than we expected, and Paul had to depart for another engagement, so I was left with getting the "oil dip stick tube (53 inches)" reinstalled and have been challenged getting it completed. I get the tube nearly completely installed, with only a 1/2inch remaining, but can't get the tube down that remaining little bit. Does anyone have any recommendations on "reinstalling" the 454 BB "dip stick tube"? I have the Banks header system. Is it best to install from the open "dog house" and then "carefully" bent the tube towards the front of the MH or come from the front hood and curve down the mainifold into the pan? What's the "trick?"
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Old 11-07-2010, 02:45 PM   #23
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We use about 1 quart in 500 to 700 miles. No leaks or smoke, just uses it. We have 80,000 on the engine since overhaul at 110,000.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:31 AM   #24
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FYI. I was successful yesterday with the installation of the dip stick tube without breaking it. The "trick:" two man party, one working from above the open doghouse and second under block at oil pan feed. Remove the air filter and air feed over the carberator. Carefully straighten the "removed tube" and gently feed to your partner under the block near the oil pan. First get the tube into the funnel feed into the oil pan. Then gently bent the dip stick tube and carefully position by rotating the tube into the appropriate area near the front hood of the MH, next to transmission dip stick. Note: You may need to remove a few of the "supporting brackets" near the transmission tube. Be carefully not to loose the "clip" which holds the tube in the oil pan funnel. Remembering to gently re-attach it.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:06 PM   #25
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Thumbs up Dip Stick

My 310 with 79,000 miles uses 1 quart every 500 to 700 miles which I believe is just lubricating. No smoke or leaks so I am sure it is like all the 454s I have had in the past, which use some oil through the valve guides. This is normal for a big block though. At rebuild, i install new guides and better valve seals than OEM and this stops consumption through the guides. I also run the larger oil filter which makes 7 quarts with the filter. I change every 90 days or 4000 miles whichever comes first. I may stretch it on the days but never on the miles.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:15 PM   #26
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Hey Bud,

Sorry I had to run before the work was complete, but kudo's to you and Don for "bringing it home"!

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Old 11-09-2010, 05:08 PM   #27
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Boy, dip stick tube replacement. That's a job!
The Silver Bullet is over 83,000 and I have never added any oil between oil changes. If she was drinking a quart ever 5-700 miles, that 454 would be on the shop floor right next to the transmission!
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