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post #1 of 116 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 13, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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69 DZ engine on Corvette Forum

A 1969 302 DZ engine has surfaced on Corvette forum.

The numbers on the engine pad are 19L554125 and V0207DZ .

Here is a link to the thread on Corvette Forum

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c1-a...a-midyear.html

Not sure where to post this info for Camaro - Z/28 people, so I put it here.
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post #2 of 116 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 13, 01:00 PM
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Re: 69 DZ engine on Ciorvette Firum

Here's the pad stamp picture from the above link:
Anyone else see a problem with 19L55xxxx??

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Re: 69 DZ engine on Ciorvette Firum

*** deleted wrong info. ***
oops I forgot to double check my post before hitting 'save'... I was in error. Thanks Tim for the heads up.

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Re: 69 DZ engine on Ciorvette Firum

Any possibility it is a good factory stamp that was just mis-stamped in the factory? Did they even put the VIN on the engine pad?
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*** removed wrong info. from Mod's post ***

19L is correct for Camaro partial, but the second digit of the VIN sequence (55) is what I was referring to.
And I should have added that regardless of the stamp, I think it's great that the Corvette guys are trying to help reunite car and engine block

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http://www.camaros.org/geninfo.shtml
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Yes, that is strange. The last VIN from the LA plant is 9L531163 http://www.camaros.org/geninfo.shtml#HowMany

And yes, VN stamped the VIN on the engine pad until they shutdown around July of 69.
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Re: 69 DZ engine on Ciorvette Firum

Just to blend in with Kevin...some LA partial VINs were on the rough boss by the oil filter too. Mine was

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I think by April Van Nuys was also putting the VIN on the rough casting. My 03D Van Nuys Z has it on the deck .

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Interesting. I though I had save a pic of a later one. I have to look for that now
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Re: 69 DZ engine on Corvette Forum

The VIN is a restamp.

L554125 never existed; N554125 was final-assembled on or about Dec 4, 1968 and would not have had an engine dated Feb 7, 1969.

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Interesting. I though I had save a pic of a later one. I have to look for that now
This is one of the recent VN pad stamps that I've come across, although the photo doesn't show the whole partial, it is 19L53xxxx so would be late April (or later) car.

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Re: 69 DZ engine on Corvette Forum

I don't have a dog in this fight, but we (the Corvette people) have documented MANY examples of mistakes in engine, transmission, frame stampings over the years.

I would not automatically jump to the conclusion that this is a restamp. It may be a factory mistake. What if 19L554125 was supposed to be 19L524125.

Honestly, I don't know what the real story is here, but I do know that making assumptions isn't the way to find out.

In any event, I hope this "find" is of some interest to some you you.
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Re: 69 DZ engine on Corvette Forum

This is my engine; I am the OP on the Corvette Forum. Thanks to emccomas for posting the info and your interesting feedback.

This engine has been in my dad's garage unmolested for at least 25 years, probably longer. It was in his '63 Vette but it blew a piston and he replaced it with the '73 350 crate engine that is currently in the car. How long have people been re-stamping engines and why would somebody re-stamp a VIN that never existed? The engine still has the pistons but not the heads. Anything else I could use to identify the engine?

Thanks for the help!
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This is my engine; I am the OP on the Corvette Forum. Thanks to emccomas for posting the info and your interesting feedback.

This engine has been in my dad's garage unmolested for at least 25 years, probably longer. It was in his '63 Vette but it blew a piston and he replaced it with the '73 350 crate engine that is currently in the car. How long have people been re-stamping engines and why would somebody re-stamp a VIN that never existed? The engine still has the pistons but not the heads. Anything else I could use to identify the engine?

Thanks for the help!
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