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Old 08-12-2011, 08:05 AM
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No Serial Number on "Goodwrench" Crate Motor!!??

I had my AC compressor off & noticed that my crate engine I bought in 2004 has only three characters, one number & two letters, on the passenger side front pad where serial numbers go.
A buddy, who is parts manager at a local Chevy dealer, told me this is normal, & he's even seen them with no stamping. Has anyone here heard or seen this?

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A crate motor is a over the counter purchase, I wouldn`t think it would have serial numbers as its destination was not in a vehicle.
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I had my AC compressor off & noticed that my crate engine I bought in 2004 has only three characters, one number & two letters, on the passenger side front pad where serial numbers go.
A buddy, who is parts manager at a local Chevy dealer, told me this is normal, & he's even seen them with no stamping. Has anyone here heard or seen this?
Crate motors do have a serial number, it is on a tag on the side of the block, at least all the ones I have dealt with did. Unfortunately I think it is aluminum so after a hot tank it is pretty much useless.
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How can a OTC crate motor have a serial number when the number must match the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the the vehicle? The crate motor only has a hand stamped ID number proof of purchase. A production number placed on factory assembly line engines. Crate motors are made in Mexico and are not factory assembly line motors.

GM started matching the engine serial number and VIN in 1965.
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How can a OTC crate motor have a serial number when the number must match the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the the vehicle? The crate motor only has a hand stamped ID number proof of purchase. A production number placed on factory assembly line engines. Crate motors are made in Mexico and are not factory assembly line motors.

GM started matching the engine serial number and VIN in 1965.
They have a serial number on the plate, it just does not match the vin. Anything that needs to be inventoried or tracked needs a serial #

You can call it an ID number or whatever you want. It is the serial number.
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Chet, Where is the aluminum tag you're referring to, which side of the block, front or rear, etc? Also, VIN's weren't put on cars until 1955, or so I'm told.
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A crate engine will or should have it's own SN starting with C or CE on the front pad IF, it's a warrantied engine. My engine had both, the tag and a CE number that was a warranty re-manf. Pehaps the crate engine he has is like mine. Re-manufctured in the US in Illinois by a re-manf engine builder contracted by GM and not just made in Mexico.

there is a mix up sometimes between a re- manf. engine being called a crate engine where a crate engine is all new parts including the block and a re-manf. engine isn't.
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Serial number Chevy 350 Crate Motor

I don't know about serial numbers but there is a casting number on the rear of the block. Mine is on the passenger side. I believe the numbers start in 104XXXXX range. I had to search the internet several times before I came up with the identification for my engine. THe crate engines has casting numbers different then regular Chevy motors. If needed I can get you the info on the casting numbers for Chev crate motors.
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