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The car had no engine or transmission when I bought it. I've researched the vin somewhat and found out some basic things but no engine info.

It would be nice to know what this car came with even though it won't be original.

Anyone know where I can find this info?:huh:

Vin #194379S719910
 

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In 1969 it was called a Serial Number, didn't switch over to a VIN until 1970 :D

Anyways from that you can tell its a Chevy Corvette with a V-8, 2 Door Coupe built in St Louis and was the 19,910 Corvette built that year...
 

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In 1969 it was called a Serial Number, didn't switch over to a VIN until 1970 :D

Anyways from that you can tell its a Chevy Corvette with a V-8, 2 Door Coupe built in St Louis and was the 19,910 Corvette built that year...
Serial number....gotcha.:thumbsup:

Any idea about the engine though? How would I find that info? You would think that the serial number would have that info somewhere in it, no?
 

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I have your car being built in March of 1969 between the 24th and the 29th. According to Corvette Restoration Tips, its impossible to know exactly what engine went into your car.

Here is the quote "There really is no way to tell what engine was originally in that Corvette. Even if the Corvette was here in our shop we still could not guarantee that we would be able to tell you. If the Corvette has had multiple owners, which many have, the odds of figuring out what the original engine was are even smaller. I wish we could help you more but unfortunatlly this is a problem many people have to deal with when restoring pre-1972 Corvettes."

http://www.corvettepartsblog.com/co...-restoration-tip-understanding-numbers-codes/


Sorry couldn't be more help :(
 

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Serial number....gotcha.:thumbsup:

Any idea about the engine though? How would I find that info? You would think that the serial number would have that info somewhere in it, no?
Unfortunaly in '69 the "serial number" does not identify which engine was in stalled. You will need either the window sticker, build sheet, or tank sticker to Idedentify RPO codes

In '69 they are as follows:

L36 390hp 427 cubic inch
L46 350hp 350 cubic inch
L68 400hp 427 cubic inch
L71 435hp 427 cubic inch
L88 430hp 427 cubic inch

Somebody else will have to chime in if there is a sticker located in rear storage compartment that might list all the option codes for your car

You can also identify a BB car by if there is a factory installed rear sway bar and by the front spring codes (if they are still there)
 

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A C3 guy I know has looked at my car and he didn't seem to think it had a BB in it from factory. Probably because of what you had mentioned.

I guess it REALLY doesn't matter since I'm not going for original anyways, but man if I were...that would really suck.:thud:

That serial number doesn't tell you a whole heck of alot, bummer. The car does still have the plate inside the door jam, so I do know it was originally the Riverside Gold color.:thumbsup:

Learning new things about this car every day it seems.

Thanks guys, any help is always appreciated.;)
 

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Unfortunaly in '69 the "serial number" does not identify which engine was in stalled. You will need either the window sticker, build sheet, or tank sticker to Idedentify RPO codes

In '69 they are as follows:

L36 390hp 427 cubic inch
L46 350hp 350 cubic inch
L68 400hp 427 cubic inch
L71 435hp 427 cubic inch
L88 430hp 427 cubic inch

Somebody else will have to chime in if there is a sticker located in rear storage compartment that might list all the option codes for your car

You can also identify a BB car by if there is a factory installed rear sway bar and by the front spring codes (if they are still there)
Don't forget the L89 engine (L71 with Aluminum Heads). 69 was a change over year with a block engineering change for all the 427 blocks except L88 coming mid year 69.

I believ NCRS can help you to obtain your original specifications.

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Couple of other things-

Look for a rear sway bar- IIRC only the BB cars got that one from the factory, but it's an easy add-on thing too.

Look at the fuel lines on the right frame rail- a single 3/8 line was one of the HP engine cars-

The redline on the tach can help too.
 

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So, your '69 Coupé was built in March 1969.

Do you have "Corvette Black Book"?

Some C3 owner should be able to tell you were to look for the "Suffix":

GC: 350ci, 350hp, mt, ig
GD: 350ci, 350hp, mt, ac, ig
HW: 350ci, 350hp, mt
HX: 350ci, 350hp, mt, ac
HY: 350ci, 300hp, mt
HZ: 350ci, 300hp, at
LL: 427ci, 390hp, at
LM: 427ci, 390hp, mt
LN: 427ci, 400hp, at
LO: 427ci, 430hp, mt
LP: 427 ci, 435hp, mt, ah
LQ: 427ci, 400 hp, mt
LR: 427ci, 435hp,mt
LT: 427ci, 435hp, mt, hc
LU: 427ci, 435hp, mt,ah,hc
LV: 427ci, 430hp (L88), at
LW: 427ci, 435hp, at, ah
LX: 427ci 435hp, at
ME: 427ci, 430hp (ZL1), mt
MG: 427ci, 430hp (ZL1), at
MH: 427ci, 390, mt, ig
MI: 427ci, 390hp, at, ig
MJ: 427ci, 400hp, at, ig
MK: 427ci, 400hp, mt, ig
MR: 427ci, 430hp (L88), mt
MS: 427ci, uu (uncertain usage)

mt (manual transmission), at (automatic transmission), ig (transistor ignition), ac (air conditioning), ah (aluminium heads), hc (heavy duty clutch),

RPO L46 is 350ci, 350hp engine
RPO L36 is 427ci, 390hp engine
RPO L68 is 427ci, 400hp engine
RPO L71 is 427ci, 435hp engine
RPO L89 is Aluminium Cylinder Head with L71
RPO L88 is 427ci, 430hp :devil:
RPO ZL1 is 427ci, 430hp, (aluminium block) :devil:

If you don't find any of these RPOs listed, then the car had the base 350ci, 300hp engine.

Hope this helps you.





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If the only SBC available in '69 was the L46, and you don't think it had a BBC, then by process of elimination, you had an L46 SBC 350.

Big block cars had upgraded front springs, rear sway bars, and a different radiator I think.
 

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You can use VIN if you'd like. My '68 assembly instruction manual uses the term VIN.

There is nothing in the 69 VIN to determine the original engine. The only way to be completely certain what your original engine was would be through original factory documentation with the car (Corvette order copy, window sticker, dealer invoice, POP, tank sticker, etc.) or by the stamped information on the block pad.

Since all big block engines were optional, any and all of the big block stuff could have been added to the car after it was built.

You will find a pad on the block at the front of the right head. Two numbers will be stamped there. The first will identify the engine; the second will be the VIN derivitive of the car the engine was originally installed in. Check the pad. Hopefully, the VIN derivitive will match your VIN.

#19910 was assembled in March 1969 before the strike. The time/build code in the upper right corner of the trim tag will give you the date the car passed the station on the assembly line were the trim tag was attached. The car would have been only partially assembled at the time the tag went on and would have needed another day or day and a half to have been finished.

You might be able to obtain the name, address, and code of the original dealer through the NCRS. They will also list a date for the completion of the car, but the time/build code is close enough for most people.

TWO smallblocks were available for the '69s; the base engine 300hp 350CID and the optional 350hp 350CID.

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If you know the diff. is origenal then you can look at the U joints too see if they have U bolts or caps attaching them to the yokes. Big blocks used caps. the tach red line may help and also the radiator and don't forget the engine plate on the shifter console
 

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I wish the car was at home so I could walk out to it and say yep it has that or no it doesn't.:lookinup:
 

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TWO smallblocks were available for the '69s; the base engine 300hp 350CID and the optional 350hp 350CID.

:thumbsup:

Mike, help me out. I thought the 350/350 was introduced for 1970.

What was the 350/350 called if the 300/350 was the L46?
 

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Must have book for 68-69 owners. I found information here I could not find anywhere else.

1968-69 Stingray Guidebook by Rick Bizzoco
 

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350/350 was available in 1969 and 1970. The L-46 engine was the 350 hp engine. The base engine (300 hp) received no "L" designation, as letter codes were reserved for options.

RPO Description Production Price
Genuine Leather 3,729 (9.62%) $79
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 31,270 (80.67%) $17
A31 Power Windows 9,816 (25.32%) $63
A82* Headrests 38,762 (100.00%) $18
A85 Custom Shoulder Belts (standard with coupe) 600 (1.55%) $42
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 7,878 (20.32%) $253
C08 Vinyl Covering (for auxiliary hardtop) 3,266 (8.43%) $58
C50 Rear Window Defroster 2,485 (6.41%) $33
C60 Air Conditioning 11,859 (30.59%) $429
F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension 1,661 (4.29%) $37
G81 Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios 36,965 (95.36%) $46
J50 Power Brakes 16,876 (43.54%) $42
K05 Engine Block Heater 824 (2.13%) $11
K66 Transistor Ignition System 5,702 (14.71%) $81
L36 427 cu. in. 390hp Engine 10,531 (27.17%) $221
L46 350 cu. in. 350hp Engine 12,846 (33.14%) $132
L68 427 cu. in. 400hp Engine 2,072 (5.35%) $327
L71 427 cu. in. 435hp Engine 2,722 (7.02%) $437
L88** 427 cu. in. 430hp Engine 116 (0.30%) $1,032
L89 Aluminum Cynlinder Heads for L71 390 (1.01%) $832
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 16,507 (42.59%) $185
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 16,507 (42.59%) $185
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 13,741 (35.45%) $185
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 13,741 (35.45%) $185
M22 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio, heavy duty 101 (0.26%) $290
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission 8,161 (21.05%) $222
MA6 Heavy Duty Clutch 102 (0.26%) $79
N14 Side Mount Exhaust System 4,355 (11.24%) $147
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 10,325 (26.64%) $84
N40 Power Steering 22,866 (58.99%) $105
P02 Deluxe Wheel Covers 8,073 (20.83%) $58
PT6 Red Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon 5,210 (13.44%) $31
PT7 White Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon 21,379 (55.15%) $31
PU9 White Letter Tires, F70x15, nylon 2,398 (6.19%) $33
TJ2 Front Fender Louver Trim 11,962 (30.86%) $21
U15 Speed Warning Indicator 3,561 (9.19%) $12
U69 AM-FM Radio 33,871 (87.38%) $173
U79 AM-FM Radio, stereo 4,114 (10.61%) $278
UA6 Alarm System 12,436 (32.08%) $26
ZL1** Special L88 (aluminum block) 2 (0.01%) $4,718
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Total Production: 38,762
Coupe: 22,129 (57.09%)
Convertible: 16,633 (42.91%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 300 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,781.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 350 cu. in. 300 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,438.00.

*Became standard equipment on Corvettes manufactured in 1969.

** Required K66, F41, J56 and G81. Radio and air conditioning was not available with the ZL1.
 

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Mike, help me out. I thought the 350/350 was introduced for 1970.

What was the 350/350 called if the 300/350 was the L46?
hey, quit trying to belittle us HP smallblockers with original L46's! :laughing:
 

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hey, quit trying to belittle us HP smallblockers with original L46's! :laughing:

Sorry, LOL, no offense intended.

Heck mine was stock as an L48...which was plain pitiful even compared to the base 350 back in '69.

Please forgive me. ;)
 
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