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Manufacture year 4-11-1963 852029-01 casting #

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SOURCE: I bought a Chevy 350

Go to and i think you will find what your looking for.These blocks have a high nickel content which makes very strong.This will be a good motor to build horse power with.

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SOURCE: I purchased a 350 Chevy

3970010 = casting number of an 350 small block.
V0408TDR = V - motor made in Flint, 0408 - made in april 8th, TDR - in 1980 for an californian sold car with 155 hp, auto trans and C-10 body.
C8F438333 = partial VIN number, it should match the VIN on the body of the original car: C - engine code, Chevy small block; 8 - engine model year 1978; F - car manufacturing plant Flint, 438333 - manufacturing serial number of the car.

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SOURCE: Where is the identification number found on the Cadillac Allante's engine?

b712438d-4f47-40e8-8120-a288f12a8843.gif#1 is the Engine ID
#2 is the VIN Derivative

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Find the engine identification tag. Attached at the factory, this tag is normally found on the engine block around the coil bolts. The top line of the tag identifies engine size and model year.

Search the block for the engine block casting number. The numbers are raised, not stamped into the block and consist of seven numeric digits. The digits can be located on either side of the block. The seven-digit number may be followed with a dash and further numbers. These are change codes and are not normally necessary to identify the engine.


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Fixya makes it very hard to ask a simple question! All i want is an answer to this simple question- how do you identify a car engine?

Here are some tips:
1. Locate the casting numbers on the block. This can be either behind the distributor on the engine, or near the starter. If you have to, use the wire brush and degreaser to clean the engine and see the number easier.
2. Note the first letter in the casting number. It's a letter to designate the year of manufacture of the part.

B - 1950s
C - 1960s
D - 1970s
E - 1980s
3. Note the second number in the casting number. This is for the last digit in the year. For example, a casting number starting with B8 was manufactured in 1958.
4. Note the third letter in the casting number. This is the model design of the vehicle.

A - Generic full-size ford
C - 1966 to 1975 Remanufactured part
D - Ford Falcon
E - Ford truck
F - Foreign market or Trans Am racing engine
G - '61 to '67 Comet or '68 to '76 Montego
H - '66 to '82 heavy truck or Holman Moody high performance parts
J - Industrial Ford model
L - Lincoln
M - Mercury
O - '67 to '76 Ford Torino and all Ford Fairlane
S - Ford Thunderbird
T - Truck
U - Econoline van
V - Lincoln
W - Mercury Cougar
Y - '62 to '72 Meteor (Canada model) and '75 to '81 Bobcat
Z - Mustang
6 - Pantera
5. Note the fourth letter in the casting number. If you're looking at a complete engine, it should be an "E."
6. Note the next four digits in the casting number, generally after a hyphen or space. This is the generic part number for the engine. This number should be between 6000 and 6898 for an engine base assembly.
7. Note the last letter in the number. This is the engineering version of the part, or the design change.

Good luck.

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