3 serial numbers on 440 block?

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  1. slippery

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    Sorry was busy all yesterday. Yes its freely spinning and in good shape otherwise.
    Im ready to buy it but im feeling this bunch of numbers is a deal breaker cause im wondering if it was stolen Or if police are still looking for 51 year old blocks? Or that it could be confiscated after i do work on it and put it in a vehicle?
     
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  3. detmatt

    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Buy it if you need it, nobody is looking for it.
     
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    Yes i looked there. This block has no pad like in your picture and i scraped paint from bell housing edge, nothing..
     
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    Oh i see now what youve done on pic! I will have to go and scrape where you number is. I only scraped to the right of the oil sender hole! Not the side you have shown! Thanks
     
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    There is no chance anyone is still looking for a 50 year old block, so that is not a concern. Engine serial numbers were usually not re-stamped, there would be no reason to do that at the factory. I could believe that somebody with a hangover could have stamped the number upside down, but that would not explain why it was done twice more. It is an interesting production variance, if that is what it is. Given that this is not a "matching number" application, as long as the engine shows a '68 casting date and is otherwise sound, go ahead and use it. I would suggest a mic of the bore size to be sure it is not already .60 over before spending any money to buy it..

    Dave
     
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    Thanks for the help. I would agree with all that youve said. Yes i mic'd it at 4.320" i do want it very much. In good shape with forged crank
     
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    Still no luck after i scraped other side below oil sender. I think im gonna by it. The casting date is jan. 17 1968.
     
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    i found no vin number stamped anywhere on it. In a december 1996 "chrysler car enthusiast" magazine , it said " if no V.I.N. is found on a block, it was replaced by the factory under a warranty claim." Also says "prior to 1970, the complete VIN or a portion could 'possibly' be stamped on the passenger side of block."
    Thanks everyone for your help and ideas.
    . Even though this serial number is one day earlier than what is stamped on top i.d. pad, which is feb .13 / 68. That will be the number ill stand by. And that number has been restamped with no x's on it. The other wrong number is actually feb. 1st 1968. Simple mistake from someone.?

    My conclusion is that these serial numbers do nothing more than confirm the production date that is also stamped on the upper side i.d. pad to right of distributor. And give a few more engine details. They dont have anything to do with proving that it was stolen from another car!

    But thats why they introduced the V.I.N. STAMPINGS. So as to trace if it was stolen from another car! And since my block has NO V.I.N. anywhere, Neither i or anyone else can prove that it was ever stolen.

    So im gonna buy this thing ! As Thats what i was mainly worried about.
     
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    Casting date= jan. 17. 68 upper pad feb.13
    The 2 serial numbers by starter opening are feb. 12 1968.
     
  13. 69CoronetRT

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    partially correct.

    69s will have all or partial VINs stamped on a pad on the passenger side.

    68s may have a VIN on the back of the block by the oil sending unit.
     
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    Yes. Agreed. I forgot that you have that stuation. But that article doesnt agree with you. Lol just like no one can imagine why i have 2 different serial numbers.lol take care thanks for the help!
     
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    There is much misinformation in printed articles.

    Your stamping are interesting and likely simple mistakes of not changing date codes.
     
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    I agree with 69CoronetRT on this one. See the pictures from the 440 block that is going into my 1970 Fury. Note: Mopar purple is from a previous owner. Hemi orange is the plan.
    IMG_20200215_113218933.jpg
    IMG_20200215_113227330.jpg
     
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  17. 70bigblockdodge

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    I will have to look at casting date on mine. It has the full VIN. Always learning with these cars.
     
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