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Serial number help, please!
#1344259 Thu Jan 30 2020 04:42 AM
Joined: Feb 2004
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Boltergeist
I did a pre-purchase inspection on a vehicle today, and it does not have the original engine. It's a high water pump full pressure stovebolt six engine, and the stamped number behind the distributor is JAA128185 . So far, I haven't been able to match the letter prefix to any 54/55 year 235, car or truck. Can the number crunchers give me a little hand, please- - - -I'd like to include the engine's original application in my report. Unfortunately, the casting numbers are not visible without removing a few parts.
Thanks!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Serial number help, please!
Hotrod Lincoln #1344262 Thu Jan 30 2020 04:57 AM
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Jerry,

JAA128185

J = 1951
A = Passenger Car
A = Flint
128185 = Serial number starting with 1001

That makes this a 216 engine code...

Mike B smile

Re: Serial number help, please!
Hotrod Lincoln #1344263 Thu Jan 30 2020 05:24 AM
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Boltergeist
OK- - - -I'll bet it's been re-stamped to match the title, then. It's definitely a full-pressure engine with a short pushrod cover. That serial number would match the vehicle I inspected. The letters and numbers didn't look like factory stamps.
Thanks!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Serial number help, please!
Hotrod Lincoln #1344294 Thu Jan 30 2020 04:21 PM
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Boltergeist
Situations like this are what keep me in the inspection business- - - -being able to spot anomalies in details on 70 year old vehicles isn't something that can be learned in a classroom. With the outrageous asking prices for restored and resto-mod vehicles, the cost of an on-site inspection can be cheap insurance for a potential buyer. This one also had the obligatory eye candy- - - -dual (leaky) Rochester B's, "Fenton" style repop headers, no intake manifold heat, and sooty tailpipes from power valves being open too much of the time due to being over-carbureted. It also had well-lubricated front suspension and frame rails from engine oil leaks at both ends and a transmission grease leak from a sloppy torque tube ball joint. It was the classic "looks good from 50 feet" cosmetic restoration.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Serial number help, please!
Hotrod Lincoln #1344336 Thu Jan 30 2020 08:35 PM
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Makes me glad I wasn’t expecting much when I bought my 52 with 54 front nose truck 25 some odd years back. No restoration involved, was happy it ran when I put a battery in. I mean for 600 bucks what could go wrong.


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