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    Please help help me Id this motor.

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  • #2
    What you need is right here on our Website:

    H415545 makes it a 1950 Commander (Model 17A), 245 6 Cyl. CAR Engine Block, not assembled for a Truck.
    Cast Jan. 10, 1950.
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner


    • #3
      Thanks for that. My dad has this engine for a 1937 J5,
      not being set up for a truck, does that mean this engine will not work?
      and please excuse my ignorance.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Jwmeach View Post
        ...does that mean this engine will not work?
        and please excuse my ignorance.
        No, it will work in the truck. This is the same block that was cast for the Rockne 189cid in 1932, and then increased displacement over the years to the final 1950 245cid engine you have. In 1937 it would have looked the same but only had a displacement of 218cid. You will need to appropriately match your bell housing (as if I had a clue what I was talking about).

        And, the only ignorant people are those who think they know everything; or act as if they do.
        You are very welcome here!
        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"


        • #5
          I believe the bell housing will need to be addressed- as I recall the 1937 bell housing has a different bolt pattern than the 1938 to 1960 engine. I purchased a 1950 Commander engine that had someone had tried to use in a 1937 Coupe Express and all but one bell housing bolt holes have a match on the block but there is one bell housing bolt hole that does not have drilled and tapped bolt opening on the block. My 1938 bell housing did have a matching threaded opening in the block.


          • #6
            PM Sent. Come to the Middle TN show in Lynchburg if you can. 7 october.

            OH SNAP! Just realized you are nearly in Memphis!