Correct shape of early oil breather tube

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ScottBerry
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Correct shape of early oil breather tube

#1 Post by ScottBerry » Mon Feb 07, 2022 10:23 pm

I’m rebuilding and restoring my 1600 normal 1960. Hard to know at times what is correct as original or modified or damaged during it’s life. Question: the end of the breather can tube should it be crimped as shown in the photo or should it be a round tube? Second question should the bend of tube in the middle be linked - seems odd that it is. Feedback appreciated.
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Re: Correct shape of early oil breather tube

#2 Post by Vic Skirmants » Tue Feb 08, 2022 8:33 am

Never seen an end pinched like that. The kink in the middle is from dragging the engine on a floor and catching the end, thereby kinking it at the engine tin.

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Re: Correct shape of early oil breather tube

#3 Post by ScottBerry » Tue Feb 08, 2022 8:42 am

Thanks for the conformation and likely contributing factor of dragging engine.
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Re: Correct shape of early oil breather tube

#4 Post by Doug McDonnell » Fri Feb 18, 2022 12:20 am

It looks like your dipstick has quite a bend also.
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Re: Correct shape of early oil breather tube

#5 Post by Vic Skirmants » Fri Feb 18, 2022 8:59 am

Doug McDonnell wrote:
Fri Feb 18, 2022 12:20 am
It looks like your dipstick has quite a bend also.
And I repeat. 356 dipsticks did NOT come bent! They got bent by careless engine installers. Straighten it out, and maybe leave it out when installing the engine.

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Re: Correct shape of early oil breather tube

#6 Post by Wes Bender » Fri Feb 18, 2022 6:32 pm

This probably doesn't need clarification, but just in case, Vic means "during" engine installation. Then put it in.
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