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was looking for some info on a motor i might acquire but cant get to the back of block to get the back numbers, the numbers on the pad on the pass side is as follows V0718TKA and below that is C8S218619 any help is appreciated thx jim
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 08, 05:44 AM
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Re: engine decode suppose to be 327

Not a 327. The three character suffix identifies it as a 1970-up engine, and the T identifies it as a truck engine. There are two uses for the TKA suffix that I see:

TKA 1976 350 conv.cab L LS9 165 4 C-10 & 1500
TKA 1978 350 conv. cab, m/t L LS9 165 4 C-10 & 1500

The partial VIN is from a chevy (C) truck, 1978 (8) model year. I think the "S" is the Ramos Arizipe, Mexico plant, but I am not sure what that plant made in 1978.

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Re: engine decode suppose to be 327

Not a 327 originally but could have been built into one.The crank and pistons are all that is different between a 350 and 327.

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Not a 327 originally but could have been built into one.The crank and pistons are all that is different between a 350 and 327.
i thought both the 350 and 327 have a standard 4" bore and only the crank was different
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i thought both the 350 and 327 have a standard 4" bore and only the crank was different

You are correct. 4" bore and 3.250" stroke = ~327

4" bore and 3.480" stroke = ~350

Another motor that has a 4" bore is the 302. 3" stroke and 4" bore.
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Re: engine decode suppose to be 327

Both use 5.7 length connecting rods so the 327 pistons have the wrist pin hole further from the rings to make up the difference in stroke length.

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You will need a '68/'69 327 medium journal crank tho.

And forged are kinda hard to find, imho..

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Dont forget that 68-73 307s used the same 3.25 crank that 327s do.

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Right Chad.

Cast cranks tho.

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I think the "S" is the Ramos Arizipe, Mexico plant, but I am not sure what that plant made in 1978.
"S" was St. Louis in 1978 - it's out of a '78 Chevy pickup. Ramos Arizpe was also "S", but it didn't come on-line until 1981 (I spent most of 1979 there kicking off site preparation and construction of the plant - lived in the El Camino Real hotel in Saltillo).

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Bet you had fun John back then...

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