colinear welcome to team Camaro!!
I'm still at work and decided to take a 10 minute break before I leave here in a few minutes....In any case I just researched that casting number for you. And WOW!!! I learned something new today! I tried searching www.mortec.com
but their website seems down. I searched on this site here. It's a camaro site I frequent. http://www.chevy-camaro.com/chevy-ca...es.asp?group=1
The 10243878 casting # according to the link above was in fact a 305 engine produced in trucks in 1996 & 1997. I thought Chevy dropped the 305 in all vehicles after the Camaro dropped it at the end of the 1992 model year. Then again were there any other Chevy vehicles made besides Camaro's? LOL!
........I believe you are correct with the date codes. That K217 would be November 21, 1997....
******************************Wait, hold on, hold on...The MOPAR guys hijacked the Chevy site
I searched here http://www.mopar1.us/ebay/MorTec,%20...ers%20List.htm
And this is what it says 10243878...305...96-98...2...Vortec truck, roller cam, one-piece rear seal.
That means if the engine code was K217 the engine would have been made November 21, 1997 for the 1998 model year. There may be a VIN # stamped on there somewhere, not sure where.....
Check the placard aka sticker on the drivers door area....Look for the production date of your truck...It it says 09/97, 10/97 you may be ok as the engine would have been made after your truck was made. If your truck was made 11/97, 12/97, 01/08 or even 02/08 it may not have been replaced......I'm not as good as some of the "hard core" experts on this site, but I can hold my own with most people in spotting a scam......
Lastly things like this really pi$$ me off if that engine was not replaced and if it still original to your truck. I'm not going to go on a rant about liars, cheats, thieves, etc. I ranted on here about a week ago about scams in the auto industry, mortgage industry, finance industry, banking industry and other issues. PLEASE PLEASE keep me updated. Hopefully one of the hard core guys and other experts will respond to this thread.
To all where would the VIN on a Vortec 305 produced in late 1997 be located? Is it the oil filer housing area? Is it the passenger side cylinder head?
Colinear, please check the production date of the vehicle and get back to me.
Greg aka SSG&H