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  • Engine: Engine Identification

    I have an engine that’s been sitting around for more years than I can remember, but am having a problem identifying it. I know it’s pre ‘62 since it’s not a full flow block.
    The number stamped on the ID location of the block is PH38.
    I’m also guessing that it’s a replacement block.
    Thanks for the help.

  • #2
    Something is either missing, incorrect, or mis-stamped.

    http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/V8EngineID.asp
    Skip Lackie

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    • #3
      Here’s a photo of the identification pad on the engine.
      Click image for larger version

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      • #4
        I have a feeling the photo won’t be very large or clear for any of you. I haven’t had any luck uploading photos to this site from my iPhone. But I am 100% sure it is stamped PH38. Only thing I’m not sure of is whether there is a 1 at the end of it or not.
        What especially confuses me is that it is most definitely NOT a full flow block. There is no oil filter mounting pad on the side of the block.

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        • #5
          Perhaps it was an earlier replacement block in a 1964 car using that car's engine number (stamped on a blank block). However, the stamping does look factory.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            Are you sure it is not full flow? Maybe there is just a block off plate instead of the filter adapter.
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            • #7
              I’m 100% sure it’s not full flow. There is no block off plate covering an oil filter mounting pad.

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              • #8
                What is the block casting number at right front across from engine number?

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