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Username Post: 1953 Bel Air convertible        (Topic#350081)
Gerhard Snyman 
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03-13-18 06:53 AM - Post#2727442    

Hi I just bought a 53 Bel Air convertible. I’m unable to ID the engine. The engine serial, LAK730578. Top casting 3836848 ( I think the top is a after fit. The car has a three speed manual shift. I think it might be a 235 ( not oil pressured ).
I would also like to find out more about the car. The body plate is missing is there any other place that I could find it in the car. The person I bought it from gave me the following info.
Style 53, 1067, DTX
Body No 1887.
Trim 267
Paint 503.
Where can I track the history of this car my plan is to restore it to concourse condition.



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03-15-18 11:59 AM - Post#2727700    
    In response to Gerhard Snyman

You may get more responses if you were to move your post to the main forum instead of the classifieds. I have a '53 convertible myself that's been a project for a number of years. Good luck with yours.

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03-15-18 08:06 PM - Post#2727779    
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03-15-18 11:25 PM - Post#2727790    
    In response to Keith_Knox

1067 DTX is a '53 Bel Air convertible.
Have you looked for the cowl tag on the firewall cowl--on the passenger side?

The 3836848 head is a later 235 head--'56 to '62, or maybe later if it's a replacement head. It has the larger hole for the electrical heat temp sending unit. The head's casting date will be under the valve cover.

My 2-bit guess is the engine was changed at some point to the later full pressure 235.

When it's running what does the oil pressure read?
And what does the oil pressure gauge read? 0-30 or 0-60?

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03-16-18 05:50 AM - Post#2727799    
    In response to rrausch

Hi Gerhard, As Robert has said the casting number you have given is for a cylinder head, this number was the standard one for post production parts sales.

If you look down on the block by the distributor you will find the Block casting number. It is not easy to see but it will be there and tell you what motor you have. It may be under the engine mount.

I put a piece of clean paper on the number and rub it with my hands to get the numbers.

Once you have the number you can look it up online. This site may help

Cheers kiwi

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03-16-18 06:33 AM - Post#2727804    
    In response to Gerhard Snyman

  • Gerhard Snyman Said:
The engine serial, LAK730578.

The engine block is correct for a 1953 Passenger car and more specifically for a non-PowerGlide passenger car. I am guessing that the "K" is Kansas City. I have heard that some folks have been able ro find the car's serial number stamped on the top of the left frame rail about where the fender and door meet....especially on 1953 convertibles.

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03-17-18 01:47 PM - Post#2727966    
    In response to RAM_51

Hello , you share with us photos from your car

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03-26-18 06:59 AM - Post#2728979    
    In response to Mirango53

Yes, we LOVE convertibles!


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04-04-18 07:58 AM - Post#2729897    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

Hallo Gents,

Thanks for all your information.
Pictures to follow.



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