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Old 05-04-2006, 12:54 AM
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What exactly is my chevy engine? Have casting and engine codes

Noob question: What exactly is my chevy engine?

Casting code: 3970010 (searching the charts suggest it could be a 302, 327 or 350)

engine code: v0808TBB (does the suffix prove that it is a 350?)

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What exactly is my chevy engine?

Your engine appears to be a 350,built August 8th 1970 at the Flint Michigan plant,4 bolt mains,was in a 1/2 or 3/4 ton with a 3 speed tranny.
http://www.nastyz28.com/spmenu.html This is where I found the info I gave you.
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Thanks for the quick response. Is there any (negative) significance to the T (truck) part of the suffix? This engine is in my 1970 firebird that I'm planning on building up. Does it seem like a good start?
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What exactly is my chevy engine?

I'd say that should be a very good engine to build. If it's all original,you may find it to have a steel timing gear and heavy duty oil pump already. Not all the 4 bolt engines had 'em,but a lot did. As you've probably heard,you can get tons of performance stuff for the 350,and they're tough as a steel ball,so you're pretty well set.
Or,if you'd like something a little different,I have a very good 1968 Pontiac 400 4bbl. in my '57 GMC I'm planning to swap out,so it'll be available soon. I'd trade it for a good GMC 270 or 302 straight six.
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Check out www.mortec.com numbers galore, big block and small block. Blocks, heads. Good info.
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