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Old 10-18-2011, 11:39 AM
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engine suffix code d

trying to find out what engine i got, im pretty sure its a 283 from 62 to 64 but i cant find the suffix code D. the id# on the back corner of the block is 3789817 and the suffix code on the front of the block is TI0I9D from doing some reading it appears the I is the same as 1 so it could be T1019D any help would be great. thanks J.T.

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D 56 265 Truck 205 410 Manual 4-Brl
D 58 283 Impala 185 Base Power glide 2-Brl
D 59 283 Impala 185 Base Power glide 2-Brl
D 60 283 Impala 170 Base Power glide 2-Brl Hyd Cam
D 61 283 Impala 170 Base Power glide 2-Brl Hyd Cam
D 62 283 Impala 170 Base Power glide 2-Brl Hyd Cam
D 63 283 Impala 195 Base Power glide 2-Brl Hyd Cam
D 64 283 Impala 195 Base Power glide 2-Brl Hyd Cam
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Found similar result as DV for the suffix code.

Noted that this casting was used from 62 -67.

This casting used for 327 starting in 64??
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thank doublevision, the engine vin comes up a 327 but the motor has a 3.75 bore the heads came up as 1962 327 it must have been between the 283 and 327 time frame its half and half do you know anything else about this motor
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thanks starnest i found those codes after i started the post, i love this site
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Go to the hot rod forum - Engines

Sticky there for links to engine casting/suffix codes etc.
over a 170 links, you'll have to poke at some less than useful ones, but with casting numbers, date codes, and suffix codes you can determine what your block, heads, etc are.

It is quite possible that you have a 327 engine.
However the 3.75 bore was used in the 265.
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the number on the head is 3814480 with a date showing 12-8-61. the number on the piston is 3791692 witch shows the 3.75 bore and the crank is 3815822 it comes up as a 283
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The 265 and the 283 use the same crank (3" stroke).

265 = 3.750" x 3.00" ('55-'57 Gen.I, 5.7" rod)

283 = 3.875" x 3.00" (Gen.I, 5.7" rod)

Since the 265 was only built 55-57, it is curious that you have a 3789817 block (62-67) with a 3.75 bore.

Later engines: 305 = 3.736" x 3.48" (Gen.I, 5.7" rod) could be bored .014 and fitted with the 265 pistons, but those engines were built from different castings.

Double check the block casting number and get the date codes so we can properly identify the block.
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Head
3814480....60-67...283/327..70cc chambers, 1.72/1.5 valves
Crank
1955-67 3815822 265,283 forged small two -

I couldn't find the piston.
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The late 50`s castings won`t have the provisions for the side motor mount bolt holes as these blocks used the holes beside the balancer as there mounting points. Look on the bellhousing flange and look for something like this example:
D 7 9 This will be the date code.
D is the 4th letter, so it`s the month, 4th month is April.
7 is the date, the 7th.
9 is the year, 1959 or whichever years that particular casting was being cast.
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hey thanks again starnest i made a mistake on the bore it is 3.875 going by the piston, i did find that piston # 3791692 its 3.875" 98.4mm says its a 283 piston 1957-1970. thanks doublevision those numbers your talking about for the date code will they be behind the flywheeel or on the top of the block. im going to have to check tonight when i get home, thanks again
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Date Code will be on the Top/Rear >> http://www.montecarloss.com/photopos...php?photo=6659
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i got the code if its just a three digit code its 261 if it could be a four digit its 1261 i couldn't tell if it was a one or just the casting either way it looks like its a 1961 block. to me it just looked like 261 so if thats the case it would be feb,6 1961? the heads were 12-8-61 that came off it with a #3814480 that comes up 1962 327. the pistons are definitely 3.875" out of a 283, so is the steel crank #3815822 its a 3" stroke out of a 283 also.

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so it appears i have a 1962 283 engine out of a impala, my next question is what to do with it. should i rebuild it back to stock or build it up
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For your date code on the block, the 1 could be an I, which would mean the block was cast on 9-26-61, with the head cast on 12-8-61, you should be looking at an engine built for a '62 model (production started around Sept. 61). I need to check my books, there should be a date code stamped on the pad (engine deck) where the type code is stamped - this date code is the assembly date.

What to do? Depends on the application.
Is this going in a numbers matching car?
Or at least a correct restoration (allowing for non serial number matching parts, but correct date codes, etc for factory style restoration?

If not, are you building a high performance street car, race car?

The good news is that you have a forged crank, if it is in good condition, you have some interesting options. You can build a correct 283 or build a 302 (302 = 4.000" x 3.00" ) using the the 3 inch stroke crankshaft and boreing the block to 4.0".
The characteristics of this engine is the ability to rev quickly and run higher rpm. It is not a torque monster and may not be the best choice for a heavier car.

What about the rods and pistons, are they cast or forged?
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