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« on: May 13, 2013, 09:33:10 PM »

Over the past few years, I have been watching and reading about original 69 Z/28 blocks with just the pad stamped, and some with the pad stamped and partial vin. # stamped by the oil filter. I understand from this site, why they changed the location of the partial vin. # and about when, so here is my questions.

With all the factory controls in place, along with a QC system they had back then, why weren't all car/blocks confirmed to be properly stamped both on the block pad and by the oil filter after they made the change?  Did it become so difficult to do during the production process to get done right, or did they just say oh what the heck, its not going to matter anyway and just let it go. Or, did they get it right and they are just that many re-stamp block out there these days.

As a hobbyist this continue to confuses me. Are there really that many re-stamps blocks out there these days and if so, about when did all the fakes start showing up.

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013, 09:43:40 PM »

I saw poorly restamped DZ blocks in the '70's...  always very obvious...
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2013, 08:10:57 PM »

Take a look at these 2 - current advertisements. Some variations, all from the same vendor. No VIN stamp views offered on any of the 4 blocks that were on line. Top shot looks too fresh, bottom appears better, but still not 100% sure of it -

Judge for yourselves -

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 11:09:11 PM »

Over the past few years, I have been watching and reading about original 69 Z/28 blocks with just the pad stamped, and some with the pad stamped and partial vin. # stamped by the oil filter. I understand from this site, why they changed the location of the partial vin. # and about when, so here is my questions.

With all the factory controls in place, along with a QC system they had back then, why weren't all car/blocks confirmed to be properly stamped both on the block pad and by the oil filter after they made the change?  Did it become so difficult to do during the production process to get done right, or did they just say oh what the heck, its not going to matter anyway and just let it go. Or, did they get it right and they are just that many re-stamp block out there these days.

As a hobbyist this continue to confuses me. Are there really that many re-stamps blocks out there these days and if so, about when did all the fakes start showing up.

Eddie

1) I believe there was a federal law in place that required the major components (engine/trans) be stamped with the VIN.    I believe taht the factory complied in all cases.
2) I also KNOW that the stamped code on the rough cast surface near the oil filter ARE extremely difficult to read.
3) I suspect that the 'block restamper/fakers' try to take advantage of the difficulty of reading the block stamp on the cast surface
4) YEss, there are a lot of restamped blocks.  (I do not believe the two posted by Steve are original stamps...)
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 09:37:21 PM »

So would this mean, that all blocks would have been stamped at the factor by the oil filter.  Then could only assume that with no visible stamp by the oil filter means its not an original productions motor. A duck is a duck if its a real duck.

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 10:24:18 PM »

Low performance engine blocks lack Vin # numbers in most cases.
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2013, 12:15:47 AM »

I assume it was just the difficulty in stamping the VIN or the fact it was hard to confirm.
But most blocks are stamped - I've seen few that aren't. Most are hard to see.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2013, 09:14:47 AM »

To draw a conclusion that is statistically significant one needs at minimum an evenly distributed 5% of the total population. So for the '69 Z/28 at Norwood you would have to examine about 800 DZ engines manufactured from August 1968-October 1969.
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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2013, 03:34:39 PM »

Low performance engine blocks lack Vin # numbers in most cases.
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The 69 L65 Convertible I once owned had the VIN clearly stamped by the oil filter. The engine assembly was late April. You may be referring to six cylinders?
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2013, 11:00:17 AM »

Over the past few years, I have been watching and reading about original 69 Z/28 blocks with just the pad stamped, and some with the pad stamped and partial vin. # stamped by the oil filter. I understand from this site, why they changed the location of the partial vin. # and about when, so here is my questions.

With all the factory controls in place, along with a QC system they had back then, why weren't all car/blocks confirmed to be properly stamped both on the block pad and by the oil filter after they made the change?  Did it become so difficult to do during the production process to get done right, or did they just say oh what the heck, its not going to matter anyway and just let it go. Or, did they get it right and they are just that many re-stamp block out there these days.

As a hobbyist this continue to confuses me. Are there really that many re-stamps blocks out there these days and if so, about when did all the fakes start showing up.

Eddie

1) I believe there was a federal law in place that required the major components (engine/trans) be stamped with the VIN.    I believe taht the factory complied in all cases.
2) I also KNOW that the stamped code on the rough cast surface near the oil filter ARE extremely difficult to read.
3) I suspect that the 'block restamper/fakers' try to take advantage of the difficulty of reading the block stamp on the cast surface
4) YEss, there are a lot of restamped blocks.  (I do not believe the two posted by Steve are original stamps...)
Just wondering what would lead you to believe that the 2 posted block codes appear to be re-stamps? The first looks like it has the correct straight line broach marks but not real sure on the second one though. In reference to Chevrolet not stamping low performance blocks, my base model 307 3spd manual 1969 has the VIN stamped by the filter. Took awhile to see it, but once I cleaned the area it was pretty visible.
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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2013, 11:10:35 AM »

I suppose a better way to have said what I was trying to say, is that based on some of the characters of the stamped code being 'different' than those same characters in my own stamping, I was skeptical.   In particular, I didn't like the bottom of the 'Z'.   There was also a difference in the D and the 2 in those stamps.   that said, my opinion does NOT mean they are absolutely wrong, it just means I'd have to see a lot more evidence for those blocks and the cars they were in to be 'sure' that they were original stamps.   Maybe Flint engine had a variety of stamps/fonts that I'm unfamiliar with??   Maybe some others who have photographs of many 'known' good stamps can shed better light on those?   What it boils down to is that anything that 'appears' out of the norm of our experiences are met with initial skepticism.    I experienced a few examples of that this weekend at the Nationals, where I was initially skeptical, but on more complete examination of all the associated date, I changed my mind..  Smiley
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