Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Reading Pennsylvania
Re: '69 396 casting number??
I have a line on an AUG69 build 3969854 L78 CE code engine. In your opinions, is there any more or less value in putting this CE block in vs. putting in a 3955272, JAN-JUN casting date, JD coded block?/quote]
In my opinion, a correctly date coded engine with the correct suffix is the closest to authentic you can get without having the original engine with your original VIN. You are putting an engine in that could concievably been there. A CE engine is thought by some to add value, and most will float the phony "this engine was replaced under warranty" balloon. So what, it still postdates the car and is not the original, so how does that add value?
I think as time goes on, there is more acceptance of a replacement block engine with the correct suffix. I have been encouraging this concept for over twenty years as a valid way to restore a car. And if more would have listened, we would not be in the restamped mess we have today. Good for you for not wanting to go there!!!!!! Course if all you can find is the CE block, there is no shame in that. Just don't try to give any impression that it belongs there, and enjoy the car for what it is.
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