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Old 07-21-2021, 08:34 AM   #1
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Transmission dipstick

I wanted to surprise my husband so I bought him this 1991 fleetwood southwind motor home with4L80e transmission...not knowing anything about it. Turns out, the sellers where not honest about it being ready for a vacation or how long it sat. I have put a lot of money now into this and would like to maybe use it...lol

So, I found out the dipstick for the transmission has rusted off the bottom half of whole stick. I don't know how long it even was. I have been searching for months. I have called junkyards across the United States, called GM, contacted Fleetwood, looked on Facebook for people with similar. I can't even find measurements to have one made... I need help. Thinking it is around 50" long

The shop doing all the work so far said I can't change the location of the dipstick to the dog house, has to stay under hood.

Every one on Facebook has a ford chassis, or not a 91 and wrong measurements.
I have replaced both manifold's I have replaced the clutch fan I have replaced the belts I have replaced the radiator fan , oil change, plugs,.. wires. And just recently when I saw these posts I found out my tires were from 2002 so I had those all Replaced.
So I am finding out now what it'll cost for them to do the transmission fluid change and drop that Pan to find my other part of the dipstick.

Breaks will be the next thing that are going. The shop called this a money pit.
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Old 07-21-2021, 11:02 AM   #2
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You may be in luck for getting the measurement - I had a ‘91 P30 chassis with a 454 and 4L80E tranny. Sold it las t January, but we keep up with the guy we sold it to - I bet I can get him to measure it and maybe get the p/n off of it if it has one, and you need it.
Give me a day or so, or I may have him get in touch directly with you.
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Old 07-21-2021, 03:09 PM   #3
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Ohhhh! That would be so cool!
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Old 07-21-2021, 03:11 PM   #4
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It shifts still beautifully and I don't want to run the fluid low ;-)
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Old 07-21-2021, 03:42 PM   #5
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He texted me a short while ago - said it would be tomorrow. I gave him your IRV2 handle so he may let you know direct.
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Old 07-21-2021, 03:43 PM   #6
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WOW, been there done that. If you dig around you may find a first class automotive junk yard with a good transmission shop in house. There is one by us just outside Phila that we used several times when the boys were growing up playing with their cars. They were always swapping tranty gears and axles around, I Hope its OK to post a source on here, https://www.alsautopa.com/
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Pictures with measurements and p/n below.

Good luck!
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Old 07-22-2021, 01:55 PM   #8
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Wow, this is so wierd....that is for transmission? Mine is 47" rusted at the bottom hole, probably couple inches missing guessing it would have been around 50"
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I couldn't figure out how to post pictures, only that link
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Pictures with measurements and p/n below.

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Yep - that one is the transmission. And if I recall correctly, it was the shorter of the two.

Actually I was thinking it might have been the wrong one myself until I saw the red handle, and then where it said “fluid” by the P/N - oil dip sticks don’t say “fluid” on them 😀.

I think you could probably get a measurement from what was provided though since you have a beginning reference (you noted there being a hole - which I just thought, if there is a hole, then is there a p/n?).
At one time I had all the parts books and service manuals for the P30 - at least that covered out 1991. They may be on my laptop - let me know if you need them and I’ll try to get them to you.
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Old 07-28-2021, 03:08 PM   #13
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I wanted to surprise my husband so I bought him this 1991 fleetwood southwind motor home with4L80e transmission...not knowing anything about it. Turns out, the sellers where not honest about it being ready for a vacation or how long it sat. I have put a lot of money now into this and would like to maybe use it...lol

So, I found out the dipstick for the transmission has rusted off the bottom half of whole stick. I don't know how long it even was. I have been searching for months. I have called junkyards across the United States, called GM, contacted Fleetwood, looked on Facebook for people with similar. I can't even find measurements to have one made... I need help. Thinking it is around 50" long

The shop doing all the work so far said I can't change the location of the dipstick to the dog house, has to stay under hood.

Every one on Facebook has a ford chassis, or not a 91 and wrong measurements.
I have replaced both manifold's I have replaced the clutch fan I have replaced the belts I have replaced the radiator fan , oil change, plugs,.. wires. And just recently when I saw these posts I found out my tires were from 2002 so I had those all Replaced.
So I am finding out now what it'll cost for them to do the transmission fluid change and drop that Pan to find my other part of the dipstick.

Breaks will be the next thing that are going. The shop called this a money pit.
well I am assuming when the pan is pulled you will have the other part of the stick and can confirm the length by adding them correct? I guess I am assuming you have the top half too?
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Old 07-28-2021, 08:56 PM   #14
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Wow, this is so wierd....that is for transmission? Mine is 47" rusted at the bottom hole, probably couple inches missing guessing it would have been around 50"
I have a '99 with the same setup, and I'm pretty sure my tranny dipstick is around 4 feet long. I'm heading up there tomorrow am. I'll measure both the oil and tranny sticks and post what I find.
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