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Old 12-19-2003, 12:40 PM
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Question 1968 Chevy Camaro

I would like to know if there is any way to tell what size engine originally came in my friends 1968 Chevy Camaro? He says that it was either a 396 or a 427. I would think that there would be some way for us to know for a fact which it was but he says there is not. Is this true? I think there would have to be some way of telling. We are trying to restore it. We have looked up the casting numbers but they seem vague. Can you help?

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Old 12-19-2003, 12:42 PM
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You will need to research the VIN number for the correct engine that came with it. Hopefully some one will post a link to where you can determine the engine size from the numbers.

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If you're sure it was a big block, it was a 396. To my knowledge, there were no "factory installed" 427's in the Camaro. You could order one from Baldwin-Motion and other dealers, but they started with 396 cars and swapped in a 427.
In '69 Chevy offered ZL1's and COPO 427's from the factory, but not '68.
This is just from memory so correct me if I'm wrong....
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You can try www.camarosource.ca or you can use a search engine such as Google and type in Camaro sites.
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Old 12-19-2003, 07:43 PM
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if your tearing it apart one way to tell is if it's a 396 it will have valve relief grooves on the top of the cylinder on both sides
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Thumbs up THANKS for the info re:'68 Camaro!

You ALL are Awesome!!!I will let my buddy know he was NoT right AGAIN...
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You might try http://www.musclecarparts.com

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Go to the General Rodding Tech on this forum and scroll down to GM build codes. this should have what you are looking for. Norm.
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RaggMopp is right, if it was a factory installed engine and a big block it would be a 396 BUT (bug but), if it was a COPO, Yenko, Or one of the other tuners, it could have had a 427 from the dealer (not factory but dealer installed). This would be a very rare car and I am sure he would know it if he owned one. Back in the good old days you actually could switch a few things.

The best place to ask questions and learn from a bunch of knowledgable guys is at
www.camaros.net This site is dedicated to first gen Camaros (67-69).
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Just checked my 1968 GM files. Here's what it says: Availability of the still-exclusive 350 is expanded to the newly redesigned Chevy 11 Nova. The same 295 hp L-48 that motivated SS350 Camaros the prior year is installed in Nova SS350 models for '68. Ironically, it isn't quite enough for some buyers, so the 325 hp L-79 327 is added to the option list midyear along with 396 big-blocks. The first four-bolt 350 blocks are cast this year.
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