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Re: 1969 X11 RS/SS350 Period Correct, Potentially Numbers Matching
If it were mine, I would pull the motor and tranny when I got it home, get the engine on a stand, and pull all the tin off of it, along with the intake manifold. That would give you a chance to evaluate the condition of the engine close up and personal - I would take a close look at the condition of the cam and lifters - maybe pull each lifter to check for excessive wear and then readjust the valve - relatively simple procedure. While the pan is off, check bearings for damage / wear. Of course, before you do this, you could turn it over by hand, and if it turns freely, maybe even perform a compression or leakdown test to check for obvious problems. Me being me, I would probably allocate for a full rebuild and new accessories like water pump, alt, and starter, just to get you to the point where it will be worry free when you start driving it.
Make sure that radiator is full of antifreeze - I have seen people cut corners and just refill with mostly water, which can result in a cracked block on a car where it gets really cold and has been sitting for many years.
1967 RS/SS 350 Conv - triple black, 4sp, tach & gauges
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