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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-23-2009, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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1965 ss

Hi, can anyone help me decode this tag

06E
65-16637 BW15728
815E YYA
256 G60

Thanks, Dave
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-24-2009, 09:59 AM
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Looks like your car might be my twin:
1965 SS V-8
Crocus Yell/blk vinyl top
Blk vinyl interior (Obviously bucket seats)
made in Wilmington,DE
C60 would be A/C
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-24-2009, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mike, thanks for that. Is there any way of telling if it is an original 396 car? Thanks, Dave
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-25-2009, 01:22 AM
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If it has a 3/8" fuel line and a 12 bolt rear end with 4 trailing arms, it was 300 hp or up. That's all you'll be able to tell without a build sheet or Protect-o-Plate.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-25-2009, 09:50 AM
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Pretty much as Tom said. I presume that it is not a numbers matching engine since you are inquiring. What, if any, motor is in it now? You can start with checking those engine numbers, both the stamped ones and the casting ones. This is a common subject and there are a couple of other clues: Look behind the fenders where the exterior engine identification emblems are. What holes are there? Have some been filled in so that new emblems could be placed? Obviously 396's didn't come out until early spring, but your June production would allow for that. Assuming that the trans is automatic, is it a PG or TH400. It is my experience that by late in the production cycle most 396's had the TH400.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-25-2009, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mike and Tom, thanks for that. It has a 12 bolt with 4 trailing arms and fender badges are original so looks like an original 396. Now has a 454 with "built" TH350, not my choice, bought it like this, would have preferred a TH400, it does the job though. Needs a little work now but worth it! Thanks again, Dave
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-25-2009, 03:43 PM
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Dave, if you think it's original, it will have the partial VIN number stamped on the pad on the motor block (passenger side, front). Unless, of course, the heads have been decked by a machine shop with no regard to the ID's located there!

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-25-2009, 10:03 PM
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What tom meant to type is "unless the BLOCK has been decked". I know what was in his head its just our fingers type different things than what we are thinking sometimes

But it sounds like it is a 454 so no match.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-26-2009, 12:33 AM
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Yep, I said it bass ackwards!

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-26-2009, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Guys, yes, it's a 454 so no match. A real shame. The car has been in the UK since 1968 so the original motor could have gone a long time ago. Apart from the engine and box everything else is original so still nice! Cheers, Dave.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 04:31 PM
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Check under all the seats for a build sheet. That would really help.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-01-2009, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Warren, that was the first place I went, dissapointed to find no build sheet. Thanks, Dave.
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There could be one inside of the bucket seat back(s) but it is tricky to get into that location.
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