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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 20, 9:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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68 chevelle factory 427

My friend has a 68 chevelle SS with a factory 427. There were 5 accidentally released and now only 1 remains. From my understanding they were used to test boat motors and never intended to be sold. Her father ordered a chevelle and an el Camino in 68 and it was sent to him. He didn’t know what he had until a man from Pennsylvania found him in the late 80’s and offered a substantial amount for it. He told him the details of the car and said that the other four were in a junk yard. She has all the paperwork and we are doing research now. Can anyone help
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post #2 of 70 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 20, 9:41 PM
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welcome to the site.
any chance you have the trim tag & vin#
we could look up the numbers, and see what others may have on this ...

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post #4 of 70 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 20, 10:23 PM
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She is lucky to have paperwork, otherwise it’s just a tall tale that won’t or shouldn’t be believed.

Post copies of the paperwork, trim tag, casting numbers at the rear of the block, stamping numbers in front of the passenger side cylindernhead and at least a partial VIN, someone can help decipher what they say.

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I love a good fantasy story about a unicorn. But in short there was zero 427 engines installed by any factory assembly plants. How ever some dealers offered to make the swap.

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I wish I had a dollar for every one of these claims I’ve heard. None have withstood the scrutiny and there are some very dedicated sleuths here.

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She is lucky to have paperwork, otherwise it’s just a tall tale that won’t or shouldn’t be believed.

Post copies of the paperwork, trim tag, casting numbers at the rear of the block, stamping numbers in front of the passenger side cylindernhead and at least a partial VIN, someone can help decipher what they say.

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In addition we need to know the transmission and rearend numbers, casting and stampings. Factory would not put substandard systems in a car as a test mule.
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post #8 of 70 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 20, 8:50 AM
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I wish I had a dollar for every one of these claims I’ve heard. None have withstood the scrutiny and there are some very dedicated sleuths here.
there is no sleuthing involved after you know fact from fiction
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post #9 of 70 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 20, 8:59 AM
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A good friend of mine had a ‘69 SS 396 and when he blew the engine under warranty, the dealer covered it but they didn’t have any 396’s in stock. They asked him if he was alright with them installing a new 427, so he thought about it (for a second) and said “well I suppose that would be alright!” So, there were some 427’s in ‘68 & ‘67 Chevelles, but not from the factory unless it was a COPO I suppose. Still doubtful in a ‘68.
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post #10 of 70 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 20, 9:07 AM
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A good friend of mine had a ‘69 SS 396 and when he blew the engine under warranty, the dealer covered it but they didn’t have any 396’s in stock. They asked him if he was alright with them installing a new 427, so he thought about it (for a second) and said “well I suppose that would be alright!” So, there were some 427’s in ‘68 & ‘67 Chevelles, but not from the factory unless it was a COPO I suppose. Still doubtful in a ‘68.
I am sure the zone manger was happy with that one

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Being a boater no way would someone or even GM test a boat engine in a lightweight car. Not that there is a huge difference but the cam for starters would be different. So that part is certainly a story. My number matching 68 had the wrong fan (59 Chevy AC Fan) and the drivers side kick panel had a pull vent not available with AC. So it happens especially in a year of a strike, they just ran out of stuff ie Buick and Oldsmobile interiors in 68 Chevelles.
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Being a boater no way would someone or even GM test a boat engine in a lightweight car. Not that there is a huge difference but the cam for starters would be different. So that part is certainly a story. My number matching 68 had the wrong fan (59 Chevy AC Fan) and the drivers side kick panel had a pull vent not available with AC. So it happens especially in a year of a strike, they just ran out of stuff ie Buick and Oldsmobile interiors in 68 Chevelles.
it might happen IF the part was to be at the plant. there was never a 427 engine ever shipped to any plant that assembled Chevelles
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it might happen IF the part was to be at the plant. there was never a 427 engine ever shipped to any plant that assembled Chevelles

Keith I learned long ago never say "Never".
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I'm curious to see if the OP responds.

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post #15 of 70 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 20, 9:43 AM
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Keith I learned long ago never say "Never".
there are shipping records from Tonawnda what they shipped to each plant. none of which went to a Chevelle plant before 69
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