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Old 04-24-2019, 08:23 PM   #151
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Re: My 1st 68 panel

It also says it should have come with a power glide so I am pretty sure it is not the original engine since this thing was originally 3OTT
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:57 PM   #152
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I have never seen the suffix before the "date" on the pad, it normally starts with the below:


Code Engine Plant Code Engine Plant
F Flint (Motor) S Saginaw Service
H Hydramatic T Tonawanda
K St. Catherines, Ontario V Flint (Engine)
(McKinnon Industries Canada)
M GM of Mexico


Then I started thinking the first M was the plant so the suffix was just M, that lead to the 1958 283 with Manual trans like you pointed out.

Looking into plants and when they opened in Mexico, the earliest one was 1981. So that's not it.

Square 1

Maybe an early replacement engine?

http://www.chevy-camaro.com/faq/chev...-decoding.shtm

They were stamped with an M or ML at one point before CE.

Found this this:

http://www.v8s-series.freeservers.com/sbc.htm

Says that casting was used on for some 327 builds.

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Old 04-25-2019, 03:05 PM   #153
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This is the link to the page I used

http://www.nastyz28.com/sbchevy/sblock.html

Once on that page click on the "Click here for Chevy Engine Code Listings" link

That will take you to the suffix code section for which I clicked on the HR - TBS link

That takes you to here
http://www.nastyz28.com/gm-chevy-cod...s-suffix-6.php

them scroll down to the MM section.

I got your text earlier and will take some pics later. I had to come in early to work to go install a scoreboard at a local school so they could use it this afternoon. Getting ready to leave in a few to go to a sign change out for a dental place that has to be done after hours. Hoping to not get wet but not sure what this bipolar B**** has in store for weather.
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Old 04-25-2019, 03:28 PM   #154
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If you take this info:

A number of crate motors made by GM in Mexico, may have an "M" or "ML" prefix stamped into the front pad of the block followed by a series of numbers which is the serial number ofthat particular crate replacement motor. You may also see a raised casting on the block or heads of "Hecho en Mexico" which means "Made in Mexico". Many of the new GM crate motors are being made in Mexico. Later model crate engines, sold over the counter by Chevrolet or GM Performance Parts, may have different prefix code identifiers stamped in to the front pad on the block, such as "ZZ3" or three letter codes such as "XXA".

http://www.chevy-camaro.com/faq/chev...-decoding.shtm

and combine it with this info:

VF292800 is an example of a over the counter crate engine. 2800 is the last 4 digits of the GM part # for the crate engine assembly. The final digit could be a year code. Another example: A Targetmaster engine (p/n 14009800) built in 1985 could have a code stamped as follows: A0198005 (A = january, 01, 9800 = pn, 5 = 1985)

http://www.nastyz28.com/chevy-engine-code-stampings.php

With the MM being in first and the 800 being in the at the end it may have been a transitional period at the mexico plant for the crate engines.

Just throwing ideas out there.
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Old 04-25-2019, 04:25 PM   #155
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I think you may be right. If you look at the picture I took in post 150 there is some lettering above the casting number. after cleaning that off earlier is says "Hecho en Mexico which means this would definitely be a crate 350 makes the decision to snatch it out all that much easier and just get another one or rebuild one of my old school ones. Crate would go much quicker and if you have not noticed, I already have a few other things under way
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Old 04-26-2019, 09:37 AM   #156
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I think you may be right. If you look at the picture I took in post 150 there is some lettering above the casting number. after cleaning that off earlier is says "Hecho en Mexico which means this would definitely be a crate 350 makes the decision to snatch it out all that much easier and just get another one or rebuild one of my old school ones. Crate would go much quicker and if you have not noticed, I already have a few other things under way
Ha! I cant believe I missed the Hecho en Mexico.
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:29 PM   #157
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What do you think Travis, I might put these in and forget about the buddy buckets? LOL full diamond tuck interior in the one I brought home today including the headliner.

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HA! I can't believe that was a thing back then! I bet it cost a fortune to have all of that installed.

Glad you were able to get that thing. Save what you can and burn the rest, my eyes cant take it.
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HA! I can't believe that was a thing back then! I bet it cost a fortune to have all of that installed.

Glad you were able to get that thing. Save what you can and burn the rest, my eyes cant take it.
Man I was for sure you would be a local buyer for the interior.....now I have to regroup
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Man I was for sure you would be a local buyer for the interior.....now I have to regroup
In my neighborhood I'm surrounded by three sweet old ladies, 2 of them are always giving me sh!t on the shape of my Burb. I tell them "just because it makes you think about the mistakes of your youth doesn't mean its my fault" LOL If i were to get that interior they would really hate me. That would bring back some memories for them.

I remind them that my Burb is younger then they are lol.
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LOL don't forget the fuzzy dice
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Posting up some pics of my center console for Vinro as requested.
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Fantastic! Thanks for posting em up. Very cool of you.
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On the truck buddy buckets there are two wood platforms - for seat and back support. This suburban console looks like a metal base/platform for seat - is that correct?
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On the truck buddy buckets there are two wood platforms - for seat and back support. This suburban console looks like a metal base/platform for seat - is that correct?
No it still has a plywood lid for the console that has foam on top of that
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I see now it's vinyl covered and likely wood like the truck version.
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Posting at same time - thanks!
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It is. And it has threaded inserts embedded into the wood that allow it to be attached to the hinges.
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I knocked this out this afternoon. I am going to do the plywood top tomorrow then I will figure up how much time to see what the costs would be if I made a few. This one is out of 16 ga galvanized since it was all I had. The hinges are actually just .125 plate so they were pretty easy to lay out with the plasma. They could still use a little filing and smoothing.


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Looking goooood! Totally impressed how quickly you knocked all the components out.
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As a 70's teen, I love that button tufted interior!

If it was red it would be even better
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If it was red it would be even better
I think they have dye out to take care of that. It would look sweet in your panel
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So.....messing around with this foam, has anyone put the new foam on buddy's before? Does this look right? Is it supposed to attach to the frame with glue or does the cover basically hold it in place? It does not seem to fit "just right" to me

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on the orange burb I have started parting out I was able to grab some of the parts to keep for this ole girl. The sun visors were in fantastic shape so I kept them. It had an ole school SW tach that mounts on the column that I am going to use unless I get another decent factory tach. I also pulled the lower column cover and Ebrake cover that they had chromed. Not sure if I will use them or not but my E brake cover was missing anyway. The screws are stripped out on the rear sill plate so i am hoping to get them drilled out without damage as well. Not real sure that it is needed since I am keeping the wood floor exposed and it does not have one now but sure as I let it go, I will need it.

not much else has been happening at the moment due to work load.

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