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Old 05-15-2018, 05:30 PM   #1
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This blows my mind. Decided to change the oil in the 1986 Southwind I am restoring. Thought 5 quarts was right so that is what I put. Haven't driven since. A friend was by and I pulled the dip stick. Not a drop of oil on the stick. Got to reading and seems to be a range of how much these Big Block 454 engines hold. Knew mine must hold more since none will show on dip stick. I added the 6th quart and pulled the dip stick. A little oil showing on bottom of dip stick. Thought I had my answer, it holds 7. Added the seventh quart and decided to let it run down and check. Left dip stick out overnight and remembered this morn. Put dip stick in and pulled it out. No trace of oil on the stick. Never experienced this. It is not on the ground. What gives???? Any clues. Thanks
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Depending on the oil pan on that particular motor, it could hold up to 8 quarts.
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:44 PM   #3
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Standard oil pan.....5 qts
Deep oil pan..........7-8 qts
Really big deep pan ....15 qts


Add qt let it sit for 15 minutes.check level for COLD
Add another qt and repeat.


Just depends on size of oil pan being used
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When you drained the oil do you have a clue how much drained out?
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The short stick can be a real problem. Someone in the past lost or broke the original dip stick, so they went to a junk yard and grabbed one out of another 454(hopefully)....or possibly the closest junker to the entrance of the place.

So do your research and verify the correct length of stick for your particular 454.
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Surely there is an owners manual for that engine somewhere. I seem to remember 7-8 quarts on my 454. That was a long time ago of course.
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