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Unread 06-16-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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a '73 wagoneer that wasn't

Bought a 73 wagoneer on 35's and 4" lift with a 383 and th400. Turns out with some engine and VIN decoding it's actually a 350 engine th400 trans and a 1974!

Being a 74 seems to be a blessing for parts, whew dodged a bullet there. Here is the VIN/engine codes if anyone can back me up

Replacement identification number
J4A154CZ08848
control number
372671

Engine casting block #
3970010
engine ID code #
V1116TFW

The RIN seems like it could be suspect but the grille and tailgate seem to match other pics of the 74. Any help or backup would be great, Thanks!

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Unread 06-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #2
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pics would help
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Unread 06-16-2013, 05:28 PM   #3
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The 4 following the J in the VIN says it's a '74.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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So what's a replacement identification number? Especially 13 numbers instead of 17. I'm assuming that's because it's older than a certain year? How trustworthy is the RIN versus the actual VIN?
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Unread 06-17-2013, 08:11 AM   #5
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The tag actually says "Replacement"?

VIN numbers weren't 17 digits until the 1980s.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #6
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A 1974 would not have come with a 350. Period. They used the Buick 350 back in the day, but not in 74.

The Turbo400 was the auto tranny used back then. The early ones like mine were a "nailhead" pattern, which used an adapter ring to get a generic transmission bolt pattern to bolt up to numerous engines. In 94 they switched to using an actual AMC pattern bellhousing on the transmission case.

That 350 isnt stock.

The sad thing, according the the 8th digit in that vin, is your truck originally came with a 401. Now it has a 350 that somebody dropped in there.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 09:24 PM   #7
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Yeah, I saw the 400ci number. What a shame. The next mystery is that the previous owner "says" it's a 383. Now the drop of the oil pan is next to try and determine that fact. I suppose. But lucky day on the '74.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 09:40 PM   #8
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Check the gallery pics, that's all I can figure out for photos for now.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:53 PM   #9
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a 383 is a stroker 350 ie a 400 Chevy stroke in an .030 over 350 block. Good engine when done correctly. As jetsetter said above you will need to drop the pan and measure the stroke or look for where the block was clearanced along the pan rail to clear the crank throws.
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Check the gallery pics, that's all I can figure out for photos for now.
when you hit 30 posts you can post pictures.

You can attach the files to your posts here, or you can use a site like photobucket.com to upload them and just link them.
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