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03-25-2018, 12:37 PM
A spare engine came with my Stude. I looked in the registry and don't see the ID... V469104. The car has a 289 with a 4 speed in it and I believe the spare is what was in the car before it got swapped out. The guy I got it from thought it to be a 259. Anybody know how to decipher the digits I would appreciate know whats in the garage. :-) Thanks

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03-25-2018, 12:52 PM
Looks like it's a 259 out of a 1960 Lark 60V.
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03-25-2018, 01:25 PM
Thanks, that makes sense, its a 1960 Lark. I also have 3 3speed trans, 1 has the overdrive unit. I haven't been able to do much with the car since I got it, weather in Cleveland hasen't been kind. I still haven't IDed the engine in the car... told it was a 289 out of a Gran Tourismo, going be fun when the weather warms up and can

03-25-2018, 01:26 PM
From engine numbers 56 and newer, "P" a 289 and "V" is a 259.

03-25-2018, 02:22 PM
From engine numbers 56 and newer, "P" a 289 and "V" is a 259.

Always worth mentioning, the block serial number indicates how an engine was originally built and in what it was installed. After sixty-seven years, the V8 could have any CASO combination of parts inside. I was once sold a 289" with a 259" crankshaft inside, but original 289" pistons. That probably resulted in a 6:1 compression ratio. OTOH, with the number of performance engines built over the years, occasionally one with a lot of good stuff inside shows up unannounced.

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