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« on: May 01, 2016, 05:15:41 PM »

As I swap bits and pieces between carb and i.e. engine/transmissions I'm discovering a number of little differences. Yesterday it was the oil breather pipe diameter (larger on i.e.) and orientation, today it's the size of the gearbox dipstick orifice (it's bigger on the later ones, again).

The i.e. gearbox dipstick is a fiendishly log thing that pops out by the flywheel end of the exhaust cambox. This would certainly make checking the gearbox oil level far easier than on the carb model, except for the fact that on mine the dipstick resolutely refuses to go any further down than about two-thirds of its full travel. It looks like the dipstick tube has been roughly treated at some point in its life and some non-standard kinks are stopping the dipstick's full travel. Has anyone had anything like this happen to them? I've tried bending the tube back into shape but it's resistant to change and I'm wary of making matters worse.
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2016, 08:08:31 AM »

Sadly, I have no recollection of checking the gearbox oil on my ie, or the dipstick being different from my other Betas. The obvious solution is a new stick, though I imagine it would be a devil of a job to get one.

Is the orifice in the ie box definitely bigger than standard?
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2016, 10:04:09 AM »

Yes, the orifice in the i.e. box is bigger than that in the carb box. I tried to swap the short carb dipstick into the i.e. box and it just waggled about. I guess I could get a sleeve machined to make it work, but there's no-one I know in the village with a lathe. I'll take some measurements and get one made up when I'm back in the UK.
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