Monday, 28 November 2005 2:42 PM
I decided I wanted to go a big block, I have the opportunity to so why not.. if I wanted to build a small block car I'd go something cheaper...
And the BigBlock I decided upon... a 427.
They came out in the special edition Yanko camaro's so I could get away with it if I had any questions from the Authorities or Vic Roads..I can say it was a factory/dealer option
Anyway, apparently it's hard to find original 427's.,. there are plenty of 454's that have been down stroked (which is a last resort for me), since they have the exact same casts it's just a matter of changing the crank. and that's it.. (as far as I can tell from my research and questions)..
Anyway I've been looking for a few and any that do come up are very expensive (almost as much as I paid for the actual car)...
I constantly have with me a 427 "bible" that I can quickly index to check if it's original or not.. don't ask me why I'm being picky.. but I just am....
Here's an example of one of the first apparent 427's I checked out...
Casting Number 3963512
From this we know:
It was produced between the years 1969 – 1972
Can be either a 427 or 454
Can be a 2 or 4 bolt main
(as it can be seen it has the layout of the post 70’s code of ‘F0114CMB’ and not the pre 70’s of ‘F0114MB’)
From this we deduce
T = Engine Assembly Plant Tonawanda Engine Plant
02 = Assembly Month February
13 Assembly Day 13th
C = Motor Division – Chevrolet Passenger car
PD = only on 454
(codes shown include motor division i.e. CPD)