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Hello Brad,
My Friend has a 1952 Mercury Monterey V8 flathead with the  automatic transmission and we have looked all over( well obviously not all the right places ) and we can not find the dip stick for checking the transmission oil level, does it have one ? Can you tell us where we might be able to find the dip stick or how to check the oil level in the transmission ?  He just bought the car last month & would like to know .. We have even tried going on Google to find the answer & we have had no luck at all ..   Thank you for your time

Ah ha, you are caught in the game of hide the dip stick. Well this is easy. Pull the front right carpet up almost to the transmission hump. The dip stick for the tranny will be under a cover in the floor board. That is also the fill point. Warm the engine up and run it through the gears. Then put the transmission in neutral or park and check the fluid level with the engine running.

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Brad Sears


All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.


Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.

Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.

More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

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