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Hello, I am new to the forum as well as a new owner of a 1984 skier (ford/pcm 351w /velvet drive), something about the old skier's has always attracted me, now I own one of these sexy classics ! Have owned a few other boats, but this is my first inboard/ straight drive so I am in a learning curve with this boat and this site is filled with some very useful knowledge.

I am in the process of getting the fluids changed, as well as getting the regular maintanance items changed out so I know that the work is done.

Now for a question, changed oil/ filter and it shows full on the dipstick with only 4 quarts ? is this correct (motor started, filter full) or should it be 5qt and and the dipstick is not correct for the motor ?

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I have never heard of a marinized 351 with a 4 qt oil pan. :no:

In all likelihood, you didn't get all of the old oil out when draining so it only took 4 to bring it back to full. Not that big of a deal, especially if you change your oil as recommended (very 50 hours).

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I was thinking similar about a 4qt 351 ford, marinized or not, never seen a standard small block with less than 5 qt pan ?

also I did get 5 + quarts out of the pan on the drain in addition to what was in the filter. I guess I will assume the stick is the wrong part and run 5 quarts for now. and wait to hear from a owner of a similar model .

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With the engine rocked back on the mounts, my dipstick reads a bit low as well since the oil isn't level in the pan as it would be in a car. Last time I changed the oil I made a new "full mark" on my dipstick since I knew exactly what was in the pan. Thumbup.gif

Have fun with your new boat and be sure to post up some pics. There's a bunch of us in the Square Windshield Club that would love the see it! By the way....welcome to the club! Rockon.gif

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thanks, I am all ready having a great time with my new old boat. I will post some pics once my kiddo teaches me how to get them from one place to another, hahaha

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