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Username Post: ID number meanings        (Topic#342400)
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02-02-17 07:10 PM - Post#2674926    

Here is an image of the engine number on my 1933 Master 5 window coupe. Is anyone able to tell me what it means. I see from previous posts that the 836915 means that it is an original engine for this car. But what do the other letter and numbers mean. I'm also posting the firewall tag for my car just in case it makes a difference.
Oh, and also the engine number is not what the California DMV used for my title. The state riveted a tag on my drivers door post with a California ID number on it and it is not the same number as my engine number.
I'm kind of at a loss because the previous posts on this blog state the engine number was used to identify these cars. It seems if that is the case, then we would all have the same ID numbers for the cars. Here is about a two minute video showing the engine number, California ID tag on the door jamb, and my firewall ID tag.

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02-03-17 07:03 AM - Post#2674973    
    In response to jonda1

There was a reason for the DMV to use one of thier tags. You would have to check with previous owners to find out why they installed that tag.

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02-05-17 02:44 PM - Post#2675334    
    In response to jonda1

VCCA is a GREAT resource to decipher all this info, here is what i can tell you from what i know:

836915 is the part Number for the Engine Block Casting

F 1 3 = Cast Day= June 1, 1933
F=June (Sixth Month of the Year)
1=Day 1 of the Month (June)

The Bowtie is Genuine Chevrolet Part, the 6 = Foundry it was Cast, do not know this

For the tag, this tells you body style, what color the paint & trim were, and Plant that assembled/ built it.

As for the number on the the state tag and title does it match the Actual Serial Number of the Engine. there should he a flat panel behind the fuel pump that has a number etched in it. This is the Actual Pump Serial number. ans the guys on VCCA can tell you when that motor was assembled based on the dates and number. also for that year should Serial numbers on closed cars were on the right body sill under floor mat. somewhere near the battery hatch door and door sill.

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02-06-17 12:47 PM - Post#2675479    
    In response to BearsFan315

The "B" on the cowl tag means it was assembled in Baltimore. The 4311 means it was the 4,311 car of that body style built in Baltimore. The California tag could have been put on the car when it was brought into and registered in California. My Oakland built 30 Chevrolet that I've owned since 1969 is and has always been registered by the engine id number. Very nice car.

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02-06-17 10:36 PM - Post#2675567    
    In response to BearsFan315

Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to explain this.

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02-06-17 10:37 PM - Post#2675568    
    In response to radioheaterwsw tires

Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to explain this to me.


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09-11-17 05:47 PM - Post#2707428    
    In response to radioheaterwsw tires

The "B" on your tag is Buffalo, NY...the Baltimore plant didn't open until 1935 and was given the letter "M". Baltimore didn't takeover the "B" letter until the Buffalo Plant closed after WWII.

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09-12-17 06:18 PM - Post#2707521    
    In response to Mike Boteler

Your engine number is STAMPED into a raised pad next to the fuel pump. It will range from 3367317 to 3964077 if it is an early Eagle or a late Master.....not a Standard.

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