Grateful for all the info regarding engine. Engine is in a 50 tin woody that I have restored. Had to replace the head because it was cracked, but crank, cam remains stock. How I have something to add to my conversations regarding the wagon!!
There were only 300 '53 Corvettes made. You have an engine from one of those! I would not install that in a truck. There are only 225 '53 Corvettes known to survive. I bet one of those guys would pay a pretty penny for a correct '53 Corvette engine.
Carl you may be right, they made the last 1953 Corvette Christmas eve of 1953, number 300, however the stamping looks different for the alpha numbers versus the numerics. It is not unheard of people re-stamping blocks to increase the value of their otherwise very limited production vehicles. To me this looks like a re-stamp though.
Look at this 1953 of my Chevy 3100, see how the numbers and letters are similar?
Sorry guys...I thought the forum was for any and all Stovebolt engines and that it was OK to ask questions regarding those engines. Did not realize it was "exclusive" for stovebolt trucks. I won't post in the future. I appreciate those that did respond to my questions, though. Thanks, again.
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You can ask any engine related question you have concerning your “Stovebolt” engine. The problem arose when you mentioned “Woody” and we all knew immediately you were working on a car. The site in general is for Chevy/GMC Trucks. Go ahead and hang around you might be able to share some much needed engine info in the future.
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Tim, my guess is he’s working on a Station Wagon and being sneaky about it since it’s not a truck.
Point taken about re-stamping numbers, but in order to do that, one would need to machine the block to pull that off. The flat section where this stamp goes extends to beyond the distributor. If you look at Woody's pic, you can see that the Octane Selector indicator line is still there on the block. Unless the block is a regular run of the mill replacement block which arrived without a stamp to begin with, then one could stamp it with whatever number of their choice. As far as the type of stamp used on the Corvette, one would need to see a verified Corvette block for comparison.