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Old 12-18-2010, 09:37 AM
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Numbers on a engine

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This one has me confused. Can anyone tell me what the numbers on this front pad are for? ( See attached photos ) They look so large that I am thinking maybe a re stamp for some reason. You can see the I.D code letters to the left of the large numbers. They are J.C. and the motor is a 427 c.c. Has anyone seen numbers this large, about 1/4 inch or more. Thanks for any help.
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Is this a partial VIN number of the vehicle that the engine came out of?
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I do not think so. There are smaller numbers to the left of the large numbers but the only small numbers and letters I can make out is J C at the end of them. You can see the C in the picture.
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No expert, but I would agree that they are a restamp of some sort. To the upper left is the remnents of a real factory stamping (C). From my experience, the factory stampings should like up nearly perfectly straight. They used a stamp anvil that held all the numbers and letters in an even row, not individually stamped.
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That is what I was thinking but was not sure. Thought J.C. is the end of the I.D. code. I think this could make it a 1967, L72 427 out of a Vett. But the large numbers threw me for a loop. Why would someone stamp a engine with numbers that mean nothing? At least nothing to me.
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I'm guessing a serial number for a crate engine. Looks pretty clean from what I can see. What's the deal? Yours, someone else's, looking to buy?
Might try looking on the side of the block for a metal plate glued to it with a manufacturer's name. I found two on my small block after I pulled it from a 79 truck. Even though they were blank, upon removal I discovered the manf. name and serial number on the backside. I guess it was done that way to protect the name and numbers from the elements. I got the name, looked them up on the web, called them and found all the info I needed on the engine. Maybe you can get lucky like I did.

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Wish I could be that lucky to find all the information on it. But the only thing on the side is the date code. 2-28-67 or 68,69 it is to hard to read. I bought this motor this summer and after some work to it placed it in my 1967 Camaro. I do not know how they stamped create motors back then. Do you think there is a way to check create motor numbers?
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Wish I could be that lucky to find all the information on it. But the only thing on the side is the date code. 2-28-67 or 68,69 it is to hard to read. I bought this motor this summer and after some work to it placed it in my 1967 Camaro. I do not know how they stamped create motors back then. Do you think there is a way to check create motor numbers?
Nix on the # ID. It's realy just a number provided for ID by the manufacturer or builder. Without knowing who did it your in the dark.
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Update, I googled your #. typed in "engine code 79519C". Apparently your not the only one with this code and it is a 69 427 from what I could tell. Maybe even a COPO engine. Check it out and hope this helps.
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I bought the motor from a guy that was going to build a car to place it in. He never got to the project and sold it to me. The best part is he bought it from a guy that said it was a 454 out of a 1969 Camaro he owned. I know the 3963 512 block could be either motor. But when I found the date on the side of the block and not on the back flange I decided to check it internally and it was a 427. I am thinking that the first seller's 1969 Camaro may have been a Copo or Yenko and he didn't know it. After all this took place approximately 20 miles from Canonsburgh Pa. where the Yenko shop was.
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