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Old 04-10-2010, 07:58 AM   #1
Oscar Meyer
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Smile Need Oil Dip stick for 1978 Argosy

Hello, We just purchased our first RV. This is a 1978 Argosy Airstream with a 454 4 barrel Carb with air. We are in need of an Oil dip stick.
We live in Sarasota Florida. If you have one for sale or know where we can purchase one. Please let me know.

Thank you.


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Old 04-10-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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NAPA probably best bet. TELL em Chev 454 and the yr. You may need to change the oil and make sure if has the proper amount of oil in the crankcase, the stick may not come marked. So you will have to mark it yourself after and oil change.

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Old 04-10-2010, 10:50 AM   #3
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Don't know if a "stock" type dipstick will work,hope so. The standard dipstick diameter or width is the same but dipstick lengths change due to the application. The actual dipstick that is submerged in the crankcase is the same but the length of the total stick is longer or shorter in a van, truck, MH or car. If your oil level is checked from an access door on the front of the MH you probably have a very long dipstick overall. If you have to remove the engine cover to check the oil the stick will be shorter. I would measure from the top of the dipstick tube to where the tube enters the engine block and estimate the distance from that point to the bottom of the oil pan. Then look for a dipstick that is around that long overall. I suspect that a full size truck or van type dipstick would be long enough. You could even trim it if it's to long. As Mikethefixit suggested get the oil and filter changed using the correct number of quarts of oil. Run the engine for a few minutes to make sure the new oil filter is full then shut it off and wait about ten minutes for the oil to drain back to the crankcase and check the oil with your new dipstick. If it shows full correctly on the marks great! If not take a small file or sharp object and mark the point where the oil is on the dipstick with a line. That is your correct "full" mark. If you also need a "quart low" mark and the dipstick you have is for your model 454 measure the distance from the original stamped "full" mark to "quart low" and make another mark of two lines below your new one line mark at that distance. I had to do this on my van because the Speedee Lube guy didn't replace the dipstick after changing the oil and it disappeared somewhere driving down the road before I checked the oil again.
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:40 PM   #4
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Tell NAPA that it is for a van or motor home, it will be a longer dip stic than the on for a pickup. Because of the access problem inherent in vans they make the dipstick tube longer and route it to where you can reach it. Longer tube equals longer dipstick.
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My dipstik is about 4 feet long and needs to be inserted with a pliers... its not fun... But if you need the exact measurements for a rebuild i will do it for you, the measurements , that is1
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