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1968 - Orphans / Re: 68 Z28 Engine looking for its home
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:03:32 PM »
Sorry - the VIN from the block is 18N463155, date code V0624MO

General Discussion / Re: Looking For info re: 18n340377
« on: October 12, 2017, 03:31:26 AM »
My mistake. I did find the code under small blocks 67 or 68 350 CID with powerglide

The date code doesn't seem to match the vin. Don't know exactly where I found it, but I have a table listing the vin ranges for Norwood and the first vin shown for July is 482589. I also know of a 68 Z28 that is pretty close to your vin and its date code is V0628. I would definitely find more markings to confirm - look for the vin near the oil filter and look for other date codes on the block.

General Discussion / Re: Looking For info re: 18n340377
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:20:40 AM »
MU is not a valid suffix and the only M prefix code used in 68 for Camaros was the Z28 MO block. The other M prefixes were 396 big blocks....The date code is also incorrect for the block number.

1968 - Orphans / Re: 124378N445313 Z/28 Engine for sale
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:15:44 AM »
There was also another Z28 motor posted with the same date code that had a partial vin almost 2000 higher than this one. I don't think they put out 2000 Camaros in one day back then but I guess it's possible if car 1 came off the line first thing in the morning and car 2 came off at the end of the day (They doubled production in May 68 - almost 40,000 cars for the month)

1968 - Orphans / 68 Z28 Engine looking for its home
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:01:23 AM »
Some years ago, I purchased an almost complete 1968 Z28 engine, complete except for the heads, carburetor, distributor and camshaft. It was removed from the original vehicle when a problem occurred with one of the heads and the person who removed the engine sold it to me. I was originally going to put it in my own 68 as it has a highly modified 62 Corvette 327 engine but reconsidered after deciding to go further away from original with the suspension and drivetrain. I want to, if possible find the car it came out of as it would be better to have a Z28 engine as it was originally shipped. The block has been tanked and checked and I have a lovely set of Cosworth pistons that are matched to the block.

Engine pad is stamped: 18N4631xx  V0624MO
Block casting number: 3914678
Block casting date: F 20 8

All I know otherwise about the original car was it was sold in Maryland and the owner (I think) gave the car to his son after the (tamer) replacement engine was installed. Is there any way to get an idea if the car (or a date matching original) is still out there? Any registries of Z28's that would help identify a candidate?

Decoding/Numbers / Re: 124677N203422
« on: October 28, 2007, 12:27:08 AM »
This would be a 67 Convertible? If so, the VIN should be 124637N.....

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Cowl Tag Authenticity?
« on: October 23, 2007, 11:32:34 AM »
Nice looking car & everything looks correct. The only somewhat suspicious thing is the fresh paint on the block where the engine doesn't look like its been out for quite a while.....

Mild Modifications / Re: Single wire alternator
« on: October 23, 2007, 12:35:45 AM »
I read the articles at before I ordered my engine harness and went with a custom harness that incorporates a three wire internally regulated alternator. Check out their info on headlight relays and splice blocks too.

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Cowl Tag Authenticity?
« on: October 22, 2007, 11:38:39 AM »
The tag looks original to me. It's an ordinary vehicle (not an X22, X33, X77) and those are the ones that seem to come up as fakes. I've never noticed the 'V' in the first line, but I tend to look more at 68 tags.

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Pics of Original Trim Tags
« on: October 20, 2007, 02:42:52 AM »
No problem.  I'm working on a presentation about muscle cars (especially Camaros and Chevelles) for my region.
Ironically, I've been able to find pretty good pics of questionable and even fake tags.  There are some OK pics in some of the books, but most are too small or in black and white.  Hard to use in a presentation.
My 68 tag was repainted by a previous owner and looks fuzzy. 
Even the Pre-War car owners are starting to warm up to the 50s and 60s cars.  They are really interested in the original look of things. 
It's sort of like explaining my 61 Impala to my grandfather all over again...
I've been collecting pictures of tags from eBay for a couple years. I must have between 300 and 400 of them.....

Restoration / Re: I want to build a rotissere for my car
« on: October 18, 2007, 02:37:07 AM »
I've seen people use engine stands, but you'll have to get them higher off the ground to flip the car. Engine stands will be about 18-24" too short. The Auto Twirler and similar rotisseries are also made from heavier steel than a typical stand. I did all my work on a homemade dolly (made of 4x6 lumber!), then lifted the car on stands to about 40" to paint the underside. The dolly cost me about $80 to build.

1968 - Orphans / Re: 8N463155 302 MO engine
« on: October 17, 2007, 04:01:23 AM »
Yes. That's the correct code from the engine pad.

1968 - Orphans / 8N463155 302 MO engine
« on: October 17, 2007, 02:21:47 AM »
I am looking for the car this engine came from. I have the complete engine except the heads. The block has been tanked and magnafluxed and checked out fine. The 68 Z28 it came from was purchased in Carlisle PA by someone in Maryland around 1995.

1968 - Orphans / Re: 8N482289 - VO627MO Engine possibly found
« on: October 17, 2007, 01:59:00 AM »
I've been tracking 68 VINs for a while and this engine VIN doesn't appear to match the date. It should be a late July engine. Mine is 463155 and was assembled on June 24, 1968.

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