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clarkedog
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« on: June 25, 2006, 06:54:31 PM »

Hey guys, I have a 69 camaro it is just a plain jane LA built with AC car. The question is it has a 388 cast engine in it I have had this car for over18 years now and just had the engine rebuilt and realized the casting number. I never really paid any attention to it for I knew it was the original motor.Does anyone know anything about these blocks Some of the info from Colvins doesn't match up with what I got. First it's only a 2 bolt main cast date is B 22 9 front stamp is 19L527309   T0301HD Vin matches my car along with date car is third week of March build Sounds like these blocks were 4 bolts How rare are these blocks? Anyone know anything about them. How many were built? Thanks in advance, Scott
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2006, 08:24:16 PM »

According to the chart in my old "How to Rebuild Your Small Block Chevy", the 388 block is a 350, used from '68 to '76, passenger cars, and were 2 bolt mains.   I wouldn't think they are rare but I'm no expert.
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2006, 02:06:48 PM »

Your suffix if HD  = 1969 350/250 hp with turbo 350 trans, 2 bolt mains. I beleive that block was also used for other small block sizes and could receive 4 bolt mains if it was a higher hp model.
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2006, 02:15:43 PM »

The 388 block is relatively common in this timeframe. It was used in both 2 and 4 bolt versions.
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2006, 06:41:46 PM »

Thanks guy's .I got Chevy by the Numbers 1965-1969 and it just list them at 4 bolts and that little is known about the blocks, Didn't think it could of been something special just thought I would check
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