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It looks like it probably is a L30/M20 car. But that engine pad is not original - it has been decked and restamped. What trans is in it, Saginaw or Muncie?
 

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It looks like it probably is a L30/M20 car. But that engine pad is not original - it has been decked and restamped. What trans is in it, Saginaw or Muncie?
I dont know i can take more pictures of the trans tomorrow, rebuilding the engine at the moment.
Its a 4 speed transmission.
What makes you think its an L30/m20 car?
 

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It looks like it probably is a L30/M20 car. But that engine pad is not original - it has been decked and restamped. What trans is in it, Saginaw or Muncie?
What you are really saying is, those may be original numbers. Unfortunately, there is very little original on this car.

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That deck stamp is clearly out of whack. Not much else to go on to verify that that's actually a 275 horse L30. Head castings with dates that match would help. Looks like the original intake, distributor and carb or long gone. Checking for the radius rod mount underneath the car would maybe help but this being during the interim time frame for that option that's just a guess.
 

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"Brass Hat" cars were usually ordered for Exec's as stated and then given back to a dealer to sell at a discounted rate with a stamp on the window sticker stating something to this effect. Attached is the upper section of a 1966 Caprice that was a "Brass Hat" car, also loaded with options. If the dealer the car was given to to sell was different than the original, the new dealer was typed in under the original, see attached:
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FYI for anyone researching this car as it's been offered for sale on/off for the last few months on Facebook, has just failed to sell on BaT @ 35K final bid and has now hit craigslist for 68K.


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  • Seller is not disclosing the engine restamp he was told about above
  • Seller is claiming car is mostly original and very rare - stretching the truth a bit considering what the car currently is
  • The air pumps in the back for the shocks are obviously not original despite the sellers claims
  • A 10-bolt (currently in the car) is not better than a 12-bolt as the seller claims
 

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Lots of mods and non original parts on that car and really nothing very desirable as to options especially at $58k asking price. Looks nice and likely some unsuspecting buyer will be happy and never know what he really bought.
 

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Interesting thread.

Why doesn’t block stamp look original ?

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Notes: The I and 1 characters were used interchangeably in the engine code.
The engine code and the partial VIN locations are reversed on big block applications
 
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