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327 in a 1964 c20 pickup

I bought a 1964 Chevy C20 that has badging on it saying the engine is a 327. All specifications I'm looking at on line say that engine was not available in that truck until 1965. How do I find the actual correct info on what engine came with this truck and what I actually have under the hood?

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What "Badging" are you referring to?

GM Heritage Center Data for 1964 trucks: http://gmheritagecenter.com/docs/gm-...olet-Truck.pdf

It shows a 327 was available, but only on C60's and larger. 283's were available for C10, C20's and C30's. But back then things weren't as black and white as they are today. I'd say its possible, but not provable unless you can find the build sheet for your truck stuck in the back or bottom of the bench seat.

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The badge on the front left and right quarter panel down low by the door.
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I also looked at the link you posted. I saw that earlier and that messed me up more. I tried using the vin, but back then it was no help. I will look into the seat idea. Mice have destroyed as much as the could.
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A badge means very little if anything at all.

That truck is 50 years old though- it's very likely the engine was swapped at some point.
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http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com has lots of info about your truck.
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That what I'm worried about. Need to find out what it has and what was original or the truck is worthless to me.
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Look in the glovebox for this Click image for larger version

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Post the casting # off the drivers side bellhousing flange of the block, just behind and down from the distributor area...it will at least identify the block.

Engine application code is stamped on a flat pad just forward of the passenger side head, just above where water pump bolts on...this will decode to find out the blocks original application code.

Why is truck worthless if engine is not original???...it's not worth much as a restored numbers matching, no more than a restored modified truck really, as there is nothing special about trucks from a collector standpoint.

No SuperSport, Z28, or Special high performance models with collector "cache".
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Eric's right, it'd be worth more with a low miles modern engine dropped in it. But maybe you just like the look of an original truck- just like some people like old inline 6 auto notchback mustangs.
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. Good chance it has a 350 in it now... SBC internals are so interchangeable it could be about anything sizewise, no matter what the block is... can put a rod in sparkplug hole and turn engine over and measure to see if it has a 327's 3.25" stroke... do the heads have later 3 bolt accessory mounting holes on their fronts? A SBC 350 can be disguised to look like any size SBC... I've even seen a SBC look like a '54 Desoto Hemi...

. What's the body condition?

. Did trucks have engine size badging?

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The badge on the front left and right quarter panel down low by the door.
I've got a '65 C10, been goofing with it since 2008. Here's some things I've learned that may help ya:

The factory installed 1964 stock OEM emblems, as shown below, have no reference to motor size. Post a photo if you could, sounds like you have something that was installed by a previous owner.



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Service Parts Identification Data tags, SPID's, were not used until 1966.



As Eric stated, numbers matching means very little on a truck like yours. In fact upgrading it to more modern items, like front disc brakes, power steering, etc. will increase its value, not decrease the value.

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I bought a 1964 Chevy C20 that has badging on it saying the engine is a 327. All specifications I'm looking at on line say that engine was not available in that truck until 1965. How do I find the actual correct info on what engine came with this truck and what I actually have under the hood?
Are you sure it is a 64 don't think they were avalible with 327 the 66s were ,the ID # (serial number plate) is above your head in the door frame on a 66 it is mid way down 0n 64 if it has 327 enblems on valve covers ,they should read Hi Torque 327 ,NOT turbo fire.

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This should give all the info you need .
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Heard this, CC the engine. Bring the cylinder 1 down, plug out. Use a graduated container. Fill the cylinder with oil . A 327 should fill 670cc. 305 is 625 . 350 is 720.

This might work. Never tried.
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