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What to make of this engine ID #?

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  • Engine: What to make of this engine ID #?

    I just started tearing down a 289 I acquired that is destined for my '53 Coupe restoration. I've checked what seems all possible sources (even Skip Lackie's) on engine ID's and I remain confused about interpreting the one on this engine. Here it is: PI02477. Is the "I" a "1"? If not, what does it stand for? Seems like too many characters. I know there are WAY too many of this kind of question on the Forum - sorry & thanks!


  • #2
    It looks like a 1963 289 according to Skip's table...

    The beginning 289 serial number that year was P93601. Your's is about the 9,000th one made in 1963.

    The I is a 1 in all Stude engine stampings (and serial number plates)
    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA


    • #3
      The I is a 1.
      The engine is a 1963 Lark, Cruiser or Hawk 289 ci V8.
      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer


      • #4
        OK! Thanks, gentlemen! At least I now know what I have and not to mistake an "I"-for-an-"I", anymore!