Hey Billy, I stated once more than a year ago that I was determined to make a screw-in dipstick at the fill point on our crankcase- UNTIL- I took fill cap off and looked down inside to see engine components in the way of making a feasable dipstick to get by all of it. Take a look and see what your thoughts are. Maybe you can come up with something. 2 heads are better than one! LOL
Hummm... Just looked and I see what you mean. I'm guessing those gear thing-a-ma-jigs are important
I did stick a bamboo skewer down there and got a reading that way. While that would work it isn't what I was thinking!
I do remember from class that the instructor mentioned if the dipstick was rigid then you read while upright and if flexible then you read while on it's side. Seriously wouldn't want it to hit the gears but what if we had a flexible mount at the cap(like a ball-n-socket joint) and then a weight at the end(slightly bigger than a BB) to keep it down there in one position.
Problem I see is that if we turned right it might get sucked right into the gears. Any possibility we could just take left turns everywhere
In hindsight I now get why this was missing. Always seemed like an odd thing to leave out. Never saw this as a cost cutting measure that would have made sense.
Another thought would be if somehow we could create a tube/tunnel that would be rigid and have the flexible dipstick ride in that. No gear sucking that way but would need to figure out a way to orientate it such that it wouldn't move and throw off the reading.
Still would love to make this work since the current setup is far less than ideal
Just turning out to be more of a PITA than I thought.