This is my first Ford in a Ford,I bought a '50 Ford with a 302 engine. How do I find out what year this engine is? I changed the oil today and it took 7 Qts. and only came up to ADD. Do these engines take that much oil?
I am at a total loss as how to figure out just what year this engine is.
Can anyone help me out?
Thanks so much for any help.
I found the problem, the engine does not sit level,it is tilted down at the rear,so the level will not show up on the dip stick with 5 qts. I wonder how long the previous owners had been over filling the pan. It is the stock oil pan,I can see the part number stamped on the bottom.
Its supposed to tilt back some but not so much it will throw the dipstick off 'that much'. Usually 3 to 4 degrees. The crank should be in line (or close) to the pinion at ride height, so the drive line will be straight as possible. That's why an engine is tilted downward in the rear.
What I would do (assuming this is a 5qt pan) is get a slightly longer dipstick. Change the oil minus 1 qt, start the engine and let it circulate, then let it sit for a few. Check the oil level and scratch a mark, that will be your 'low' line. Add the 5th quart, let it sit a few, then scratch your full line. Make sure the stick you get does not touch the bottom of the pan. If it does, trim it off.
Can you post a pic of the engine? Curious to see how much of a tilt the engine has.
The dipstick I have now touches the bottom of the pan. With 6 qts. nothing on the stick,7 qts. just barely shows,7 1/2 it shows full.
I can try to email you a photo. I don't know how to post to the forum.
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