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Old 05-15-2019, 05:54 PM   #1
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55 belair owned for 14 years. valve cover screws are off set. best i could find was chevy used these from 55 to 59. stamped on left front of block V1001UA. have not been able to read numbers on rear. can someone id this motor using this code? it is a small block. thanks for any help.
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Sounds like an early set of heads on newer short block.
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This might help....

http://www.nastyz28.com/gm-chevy-cod...s-suffix-9.php
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Even with a concise descriptor, it will not be verifiable without double checking the numbers in back. You're going to have to find the rear numbers and read them. I normally cannot read them either. But you can take a picture of them with a small consumer digital camera with a flash.
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Get the casting number and date code off from the rear bellhousing flange on the block.


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I would like to see the casting date on the back of my 283. If I take the access plate to get to the trans bolts off, can I see the motor casting date with the plate off?
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I have a USB endoscope/boroscope inspection wifi camera that I use all the time ($29 on amazon) for various things, cars or not. It'll snake around and show you things you'd never see otherwise, and has bright little LED lights. Easy to use. Guarantee it'll let you see those casting numbers on the back of the block no problem.

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Thanks Rich.

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looks like i may have to wait. thanks for the info .
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Some things you can see easy. Are there side motor mount bosses around the front freeze plug on the sides of the block. If so it is a 58 or later cast block.

If there are no side mounts, check and see if the road draft tube is on the driver side where the oil filter is on all 56 and later V-8 motors. If it has a oil filter there it is 56 or later cast V-8. If there is a road draft tube it is a 55 V-8 and it is one year only.

The number you listed could be a rebuilders # and there is no way to trace it to a year of motor, until you get a casting date and # off the rear of the motor.

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