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Ever heard of these Casting Numbers??

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  • Ever heard of these Casting Numbers??

    The engine in my 63 wagon has the casting V587037.
    The engine in my 62 Lark has the casting P81147.
    I can't seem to find these casting numbers anywhere.
    Can anybody identify these engines for me?

    Thanks a bunch!


  • #2
    Are you sure these are casting numbers? They sound more like engine serial numbers to me. Are they stamped on a small machined pad at the right front of the block? If so, these are the engine serials. The '63 is a 259, the '62 is a 289.


    Clark in San Diego
    '63 F2/Lark Standard

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    • #3
      The casting numbers are found on the right side of the block next to the oil filler tube or in the case of the full flow blocks, the filler tube blank out plate. They will be larger & raised numbers rather than the stamped numbers you listed.

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      • #4
        I guess the question I have is, why would you care about the casting numbers?

        ALL the engine blocks of each group of the three major changes made to the V-8 blocks over the fourteen years they were built, have the SAME casting number.

        Also they do not identify the COMPLETED engine assembly. In the case of the '55 to early '62 they could end up as a 224, 259 or 289 with any number of different compression ratios, depending on which Heads were used.

        Everything you will ever need to know is found in the SERIAL numbers you already have.

        Second Generation Stude Driver,
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