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I'm sure you all get the same questions over and over, but I'm fairly new here and need advice from those that have sooo much knowledge.

I bought a '53 Chevy 5 window that supposedly has a 235 engine. I can't seem to find the information on the numbers I can locate. I've looked at some of the sites that give infor but not much luck. So I'm coming to the pros.

My 235 has "captains bars" -- there is a number B27and I think is a 3. Feb. 27th 52?

Also there is stamped behind the starter that is what I believe to be LAQ123413.

I think LAQ is for power glide. Mine is a granny 4 speed.

On the head looks like the number is 3701887. I suppose it could be 3101887 though.

That's all the numbers I have for now. I was told if it had captains bars it was a 261 and also told some early '53s had them.

Any help from you pro's would be appreciated.

This truck came with no wiring and no information except that the motor had been rebuilt. It's a 3100.

Thank You!

Last edited by Peggy M; Mon Sep 19 2022 10:48 PM.

Gary
Gary201 #1467305 Mon Sep 19 2022 10:18 PM
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Your engine serial number LAQ123413 breaks down as follows.

LAQ = 1953 passenger car 235 with Powerglide transmission made at the Tonawanda Engine Plant.

123413 = serial number starting with 1001 at each plant.

Your Head casting number isn't working for me...can you post a clear picture of it?

Mike B smile

Gary201 #1467309 Mon Sep 19 2022 10:29 PM
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Gary201,

First off, since this is your first post, Welcome to the Stovebolt! wave

While waiting for others to answer your question, maybe take a moment and head over to the Welcome Forum here Welcome and put up a post with a little about yourself and your truck. You can also read other posts and get acquainted with those that have recently joined (often leads to very useful conversations). grin

Another very useful link (there are lots) is here Searching the Site . You can use this feature to search the site for past postings about specific topics, like "Decoding Engine Serial numbers" and lots of others. Chances are really good, your topic has been discussed and others have answered those questions with resources and guides to help.

You can also take a look here The Engine Shop for recent existing/on-going conversations about identifying your engine.

Again, Welcome! Look forward to seeing you in the forums. thumbs_up


Dan

1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle (Wife's Hot Rod)
2013 Chevy Silverado (Current daily driver)
US Army MSG Retired (1977-1998)
Com Fac Maint Lead Tech Retired (1998-2021)

Finely time to get to work on my Grandpa's (now mine) truck!
Gary201 #1467312 Mon Sep 19 2022 10:45 PM
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No problem with similar questions. There use to be a VIN decoder link (outside source) in here but it went belly-up. Nothing like personalized service. Mike B (as others) have lots of books and will take the time to decipher your codes. It most certainly leaves to more questions! Bring 'em on!

It also give the Stovebolt Collective a chance to meet a new truck, and a new truck enthusiast.

That's what we're here for!


Peggy M
Bird's eye view is a bit different than the worm's ~~ and it ISN'T about food. wink
Gary201 #1467329 Mon Sep 19 2022 11:53 PM
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Picture would be nice!

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Gary201 #1467366 Tue Sep 20 2022 02:32 AM
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A '53 with powerglide (that is what the engine is called) is a nice engine. It is the first full oil pressure 235. It has aluminum pistons, insert rod bearings, hydraulic lifters, and the waterpump is in the right place to put the fan in the middle of the radiator.

Gary201 #1467389 Tue Sep 20 2022 11:43 AM
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I don't think Gary can post a pic until after his 5th post? Is that right?


Dave from Northern Kentucky
My 54 3100
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From the Rules link:

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Once your registration has been approved, your first five posts will be moderated to make sure you are not a spammer. Your post(s) will not be visible in the forum until they are individually approved.

While your posts are moderated, you cannot create a signature line, use the Private Message (PM) function or view other members' profiles.

I do not remember that part about the images. And if it IS (not allowed to post images until full-fledged member), I need to note that in those Rules for future reference).


Peggy M
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Peggy,

I saw another new member post 8 pictures in their 1st Moderated post in Trucks for Sale forum just recently. See here:

https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/1466228/53-5-window-3100-for-5500.html

Guessing the picture posting is not limited when moderated based on that??? headscratch

Anyhow, back to being "on-topic" - LOL. grin


Dan

1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle (Wife's Hot Rod)
2013 Chevy Silverado (Current daily driver)
US Army MSG Retired (1977-1998)
Com Fac Maint Lead Tech Retired (1998-2021)

Finely time to get to work on my Grandpa's (now mine) truck!
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 3,871
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Oh ha! I knew I had seen them.

Thanks for that info.

Post away, Gary. If you need help figuring out how to do that, there are a number of threads in the IT Shortbus. Even one to "test your skills." Folks in there will be happy to assist you!


Peggy M
Bird's eye view is a bit different than the worm's ~~ and it ISN'T about food. wink
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