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Old 09-19-2011, 08:02 PM
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68 c-10 cst v-8 engine w/ front dist.?

anyone know what this engine is? it looks factory. thanks
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:07 PM
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Buick engine.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:15 PM
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I'd hazard a guess that it's a 455, as wide as the intake looks, and having an HEI distributor. But definitely Buick.

Besides the difference in the width of the intake, on a 400/430/455, the displacement is cast into the top of the bellhousing flange at the back of the block.
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it looks factory.
its not factory. someone swapped it in. chevy only used chevy drivetrains in the trucks
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lot of things can happen to a truck over 43 years.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:25 AM
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If not Buick, possibly could be Cadillac being so wide
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It's a Buick engine, Caddy engines have a valve cover more shaped like an Olds engine, narrower at the intake side and wider at the exhaust side.
One surefire way to distinguish the 2 apart is the Buick has a cast aluminum timing chain cover well over an inch deep and the Caddy is a flat stamped steel piece only 1/8 of an inch thick.
I have had a few Caddy engines, and have one on the shop floor currently, I've done a couple swaps with it and have much less knowledge of the Buick engines except for ID purposes.
In the mid to late 70's there was a small run of Oldsmobile engines coming out of the factory in GM's trucks because of a fire at one of the engine plants and to keep production going a decision was made to use Olds engines in some of the trucks. Look at all the engine options across the GM car and truck lines over the late 70's and early 80's and you will see many non brand matching combinations (Trans Am with an Olds 403, Chevy/GMC trucks with Olds diesel engines) and how about all the 231 Buick V6 engines in Chevy cars. GM didn't mind and neither did the masses for what its worth.

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Another thing giving it away is Caddy doesn't have an intake mounted thermostat or ANY coolant passages connecting the heads together and the water pump doesn't have any provisions for a bypass hose like the pics the original poster shows.
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Another thing giving it away is Caddy doesn't have an intake mounted thermostat or ANY coolant passages connecting the heads together and the water pump doesn't have any provisions for a bypass hose like the pics the original poster shows.
And one more tell tale is that Caddy distributors mount vertically, whereas the Bufords mount at an angle like this one.
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With all due respect Joe but the 472/500 cads have the dist. on an angle
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With all due respect Joe but the 472/500 cads have the dist. on an angle
You're right. Sorry for that. Don't know what I was thinking.
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