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KL oil quantity

Post by trebot » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:04 pm

Have a '56 Continental with a KL motor. Specs say 6 to 10 quarts oil. Dipstick shows full, but when I drain oil (including transmission) I only get about 5 quarts. I'm thinking the dipstick isn't accurate.
I don't want to run motor low on oil, but also don't want to hurt the motor by overfilling.
What is the first indication that crankcase is over full? Oil blow out dipstick? Thanks

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Re: KL oil quantity

Post by Don Vogt » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:11 am

I am no motor expert but something doesn’t ring true here. What is the source of the “specs” that suggest variable oil capacity from 6 to10 qts. ? I have a prewar ka and it has a 4 qt. capacity. The kL I believe is just a longer stoke version of the k. Maybe 5 sounds right. I can’t imagine a recommendation for variable oil capacity. I suppose I could be proven wrong, but ...
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Re: KL oil quantity

Post by Captain Nemo » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:48 am

Hi, The K’s in my cruiser take 5qts each. I think there were different oil pans which would account for the difference. I could measure one of my sticks for comparison.
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Re: KL oil quantity

Post by trebot » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:04 pm

Dipstick measurement would be helpful. Supposedly, Chris went to a "shallow" oil pan in 1956. I'm trying to find depth dimension on both pans to determine what I have. Mine is about 8 1/4" (exterior rail to bottom of pan. Not having any sucess.

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Re: KL oil quantity

Post by Don Vogt » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:30 pm

Did you check the archives for an engine manual?
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Re: KL oil quantity

Post by Captain Nemo » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:42 pm

Mine are 1956. So probably a shallow pan. Get your measurement later 2day
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Re: KL oil quantity

Post by Captain Nemo » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:10 pm

The pan depth is the same as mine. The dip stick is about 13” to the top of the tube
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