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    Engine type

    I purchased a 57 2 door hard topi am trying to find out what motor is installed in it. The #ís on the right front is CE9B35438. Can anybody help?
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    Welcome to the site.

    Unfortunately, an engine stamping that begins with "CE" doesn't give you any info. CE usually means "crate engine" and it could apply to any replacement engine.

    What you need to do is get the block casting number from the bellhousing area, and the head casting number from under the valve covers. A photo of the engine would be useful too.

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    Actually the CE9B35438 means it's a 'Chevrolet Engine' built as a Service/Warranty Replacement. The '9' indicates it's a 1969 engine, the 'B' indicates that the sequence no (35438) is the Second Time (for Chevrolet) to go thru the sequence for the year, so your engine is the 135,438 warranty engine for that year! Beginning with the 1968 model year (late summer 1967), General Motors had to begin *uniquely* identifying Warranty replacement engines and transmissions they installed (this change was due to the state of Georgia Requiring that all engines and transmissions be uniquely identified! To know which engine you have, you could start by getting the Casting Number from the rear of the engine block which will identify which engines it could be. Just guessing I'd guess you have a block casting number of 3970010 block which was the most common V8 block of that year and was built as either a 350 (most common) which was put into trucks and cars and machined for either 2 or 4-bolt mains, or it could be a 302 from a Z28 (which would be more rare). Get the casting date also which might tell us more.

    See the GM memo attached:

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    Ok thanks good info I was told it might be a 350 but he was not sure. I will get the #’s and attach a photo of the motor.
    again Thanks

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    The stamp on the head reads 3927185 so it could 1 of 3 engines 307,350,327
    i am still trying to get a picture of the block casting number.
    the car is being shipped from Mich to California so as soon as it is delivered
    i will work on getting those. Thanks

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    The 185 heads have small valves and ports. They are certainly not performance heads.

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    the following is the casting numbers. So it narrowed down to a 302 or a 350.
    what I would like to know is how would I order parts for it?
    thanks again

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    That depends on what parts you need Tbuff... for some parts you may need MORE information from the engine you have to determine what you need. Photos, stampings, castings, etc...

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    Never heard of a 185 casting, many 69 350s had 186 its a great head as far as production heads go.

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