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What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by tuobanur » Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:31 pm

Does anyone know what the shape of the dip stick typically used by Chris Craft was (square, rectangle, triangle, etc.)?
Trying to help out our friends at WB with the matter, made one for my boat in a triangle shape because I liked the look and the ease of reading but I'm not sure that's what was used.
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by Don Vogt » Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:12 pm

dont have a picture of mine handy but it is very similar looking to those old wood yard sticks. I suspect if you search around here you will find a picture of one. the measurements were labelled at 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, etc. as i recall.
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Post by Captain Nemo » Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:02 pm

I have an original one, it's about 3/4" square w/ eased edges, made of oak. That is for a cruiser, I am not sure if they were different for runabouts.
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Post by tuobanur » Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:03 pm

Captain, are the marks stamped in the wood or inked?
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Post by Don Vogt » Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:49 pm

Check out fuel tank dipstick measurements blog for more info. Mine was painted, probably stencil?
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Post by Captain Nemo » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:38 pm

The lines are stamped into the wood.
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Post by maritimeclassics » Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:27 am

Dave Moore at Northwood Boat Works sells them and he made them off a real one he found years ago.
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by Chad Durren » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:01 pm

My 1952 Sportsman has it's original fuel stick. It's shaped like a yard stick. Not sure what they used on other length boats and tanks but this one is accurate for an 18' boat and 20 gallon tank.

The lines are actually shallow kerf cuts into the wood. The numbers are stamped.
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by tuobanur » Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:14 pm

Thanks for the replies.
Do you think the stick, as Chad has posted, was typical for all runabouts without fuel gauges?
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by Don Vogt » Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:28 pm

something like that was used with the pre war 30 gallon gas tank runabouts, at least.
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by mbigpops » Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:38 pm

Chad,

Can you give us some more information ? I am about to make one.

Type of wood and finish would be very helpful.

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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by Chad Durren » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:27 am

Mine is mahogany (factory scrap?) It was dry, brittle and faded when I found it in the boat (I almost tossed it). It did not appear to have any finish or stain. But who knows? Years of dipping it in gas could have stripped it clean. I wiped it with some thinned varnish and mahogany stain so I could see the markings. If you remake them, double the thickness so it's stronger. Mine keeps snapping at the 1/2 tank line. I don't use it anymore, I keep it stored in a tube with my stern flag pole.

I transferred the measurements to a dowel and use that now.
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by tuobanur » Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:29 am

Mind is made from some scrap mahogany with several coats of CPES then steel wool smooth to a nice satin finish. So far it has held up well to the gas and should last for quite some time.
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by Thurley » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:01 pm

Trying to order a stick from David Moore at Northwoods..he needs diameter for 1952 U22 tank for correct stick.
The boat of course is stored 200 miles away at the cabin.Anybody know where I might find that? Thanks

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Post by tabbs creek » Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:52 pm

Mine is currently out and I just measured it for a replacement. I have a 1951 U22. 15.75" O.D. Dia. as pictured. Please reply with the contact info for the new sticks. I have a dowel rod. Maybe we can get a deal on two !
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by joanroy » Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:09 pm

If the dip stick guy from back in the day at CC could have imagined his work would garner such discussion and interest in 2016, l'm sure he'd be thrilled and be going to the boss for a raise. I understand the rest of the crew at Algonac called him "Dip Stick".

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Post by Thurley » Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:36 pm

tabbs creek wrote:Mine is currently out and I just measured it for a replacement. I have a 1951 U22. 15.75" O.D. Dia. as pictured. Please reply with the contact info for the new sticks. I have a dowel rod. Maybe we can get a deal on two !
Tabbs,
Great work and thank you!!!! Contact is Dave Moore, email is: [email protected]
has a website also NorthwoodBoatworks.com

let me know if you need anything else..

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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by tabbs creek » Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:15 pm

thanks!

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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by Don Vogt » Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:30 am

yesterday's woody boater blog has a picture of the pre war stick.
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by drrot » Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:55 pm

Thurley wrote:Trying to order a stick from David Moore at Northwoods..he needs diameter for 1952 U22 tank for correct stick.
The boat of course is stored 200 miles away at the cabin.Anybody know where I might find that? Thanks
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by North Woody » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:40 pm

After searching the forum here and reading through the Woody Boater blogs, consensus is that Northwood Boatworks is THE place for faithful reproductions of pre-war CC fuel dipsticks. So having just spoken to Dave who very kindly looked up the tank size from my hull number, I am now the proud owner of one of his excellent reproduction fuel dipsticks for my 1936 CC 19' Runabout.

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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by Don Vogt » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:47 pm

cool!
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Re: What Shape is the Fuel Dip Stick

Post by Matt Smith » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:55 am

Congrats! I have them and they are fantastic details. On Stinky which is a Prerestoric boat, I dirt stained the stick so it looks old and ratty to match the boat. Looks fantastic.
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