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i dont normally work on small block diesels like the 6.9 or the 7.3 but i am very familiar with them. i work on much bigger engines like 16 cylinder detriots and 3306 cats also john deers. so bare with me please.

so this week the shop help, and i are performing a engine swap in a 93 ford f350 xl 4x4 4speed with o/d (5speed). i located a international canadian built 7.3 idi to replace my canadian ford built 7.3 idi. ( my ford truck is canadian). had to swap transmission adapters ( had an sae bell housing adpted to a allison trans), engine mounts, entire belt drive system ( sucked becuase i wanted that air compressor), oil cooler, exhuast manifolds, oil pan, and fuel filter set up. and the starter. with the sae bell housing you can use a 37mt 12v starter. ( three times the starter you find in the ford application.)

so the bus engine, i mean bus as in prison transport, had a forword deep sump oil pan. that i wish i could have used in the ford truck becuase it had two oil heaters in it. the shop help failed to swap the dip stick tube location before sealing up the ford oil pan, and now the engine is installed in the truck. in order to correct this issue i have been told i must drop the oil pan and knock out the "ball bearing plug" and then reassemble everything properly. this plug is a .005 press. and can not be punch thru the dip stcik passage into the oil pan. it must be punch from the crankcase side.

now unless there is a way to do this with out pulling the engine from the truck i am all ears. but if i have to pull a core support or all the engine mounts and hang it. i should just pull it. thats alot of bull****.

i am interested in hearing forms of a sight glass that can be plumbed in from the base of the oil pan to accurately read oil level in the pan.

i had in mind something like 3/8 or 1/2 clear dot tubing run up high above the oil level and then vent it to the valve cover or the breather. so if there was a burping issue it would return to the engine.

i have done this with 8v92 det, and 60 series, involving murphy switches for alarm panels on large marine vessels, but nothin this small.

the biggest problem with this is the oil staining the sight glass leaving you unable to read the level or it not venting properly and the oil not moving , and once again not being to read the level.

i am all ears, and would love any input. even the haters.
 

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Use the sight glass, and clean it at every oil change. As long as it is vented back to the crankcase it shouldn't be a problem. I've done the same thing with Murphy switches.
 
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