This is the e-mail the guy sent to me -
THE PRODUTION DATE IS J 08,JULY OF 1968 SO IT IS AN EARLY 1969 ENGINE,
THIS IS THE OTHER NUMBER ON THE BLOCK ? 3963512 NOT REALLY SURE ABOUT THE VIN # BY THE OIL; FILTER?IF YOU SEND A FAX # I CAN FAX THE SPEC SHEET FROM THE MACHINE SHOP WERE IT WAS RE-BUILT.WHEN THE BLOCK WAS PLANED THE V.I.N. #S WERE PLANED OFF.I HAVE GIVEN YOU ALL THE INFORMATION TO BE ABLE TO VERIFY THAT THIS IS A TRUE `69 427/390 HSP ENGINE .THANKS BOB
It has the original Oval heads and I can buy it for $3500
If "J08" is supposed to be the casting date, it's incomplete; "J" in the casting date isn't July, it's October. The 3512 block casting didn't start at the foundry until October, 1968, and wasn't seen in Corvette production until "late" in the 1969 model year, which ran through the end of December, 1969. It may be an early 1969 427, but it didn't come out of a Corvette.