engine decoding help

Discussion in 'VIN, Trim Tag & Drivetrain Decoding' started by JHartman, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. JHartman

    JHartman New Member

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    have a friend that bought a 68 Camaro RS. Supposed to be a 327 car, but I am not sure it is a 327 motor currently in it. stamped pad area reads: 19J156346 V111IFB. Block casting I can find is: 3932386. I have tried decoding sites but have not come up with anything deffinate. Any help is greatly appreciated
     
  2. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    The VIN 19J156346 tells us that it is a 1969 engine from a full size car. The V1111FB code says it is a 327/235hp engine from a full size car.
    However, I see some confusion too about that block. GM documentation indicates that this block was used for 302 and 350 engines. But we know that 327 engines were also being built at that time. The 3932386 block was used from start of 1969 production in August 1968 until some time in January 1969 when it was replaced by a different block for 302, 327, and 350 engines.
    So, it started life as a 327 in a full size Impala, Caprice, etc.
     
  3. JHartman

    JHartman New Member

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    Gary thanks for the reply. I am new to finding and crossing stamping numbers so if i am a dummy please call me one (won't hurt my feelings). The stamping is IFB not 1FB. If things like this are common place because they ran out of numbers i understand. Here is the pic of stamp pad. Again thanks for any and all help.
     

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  4. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    The stamping is likely intended to be V1111FB instead of V111IFB. The V indicates that the engine was assembled at the Flint engine plant. Next there should be 4 numbers. The first two 11 would indicate the month of November. The second two 11 would be the 11th day of the month. Then, the FB is the engine application to identify the engine.
    It is likely that the people stamping engines that day were not able to locate 4 of the number 1 stamps so they substituted a letter I for one of them.
    It is a 1969 engine and in 1969, the engine codes were only 2 letters with only a few rare exceptions where Chevy stamped them something like FBR or FBH where the third letter indicated either a Rochester or Holley carb on otherwise the same engine and application.
    Starting in 1970, engine codes were 3 letters.
     
  5. tom3

    tom3 Veteran Member

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    Be a big journal crank in that engine I suspect so the 350 series block might have been used to finish out the run? Never saw the H or R suffix, interesting note there.
     

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