KenJust a few comments...
- I agree that your vent hose and intakes look surprisingly oil free. Mine alway has at least a film of oil.
- When checking your initial oil level, did you start the engine first and then check or did you check on a fresh oil/filter replacement before starting the engine? Perhaps some of your “useage” can be accountable to filling an empty filter on a fresh change?
- What do your plugs look like? Do any look like they are starting to foul?
- Whats the status of the valve seals? You mention rebuilding the bottom end, but what about the head? Any blue smoke when lifting off the throttle?
Your photo shows the correct orientation. Considering the dipstick tube doesn’t have any other lateral support, the wobbly connection is normal.Will do. This is a funky wobbly connection especially since the rubber is somewhat age hardened. Do I have the flush side oriented correctly (to the sump) ?