Need help identifying block

Discussion in 'VIN, Trim Tag & Drivetrain Decoding' started by FloridaDaily79, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. FloridaDaily79

    FloridaDaily79 New Member

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    Hey guys, I'm new to Camaros and the forums, recently picked up a 1979 as a daily driver. Originally a 305 car its been swapped to a 350. I'm new to SBC motors, but I was able to easily locate both the casting number and the machine pad with the engine ID. Casting number is 14010207 so I know it's a 350 from 80-85 but it's doesn't identify 2 or 4 bolt main. What throws me off is the engine ID of V0913FSM I cannot for the life of me find the FSM suffix code ANYWHERE. I've looked through maybe 10 different reference pages and nothing. Anybody ever seen this before?
     
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    Update; I was able to clean up the pad a little bit better and the lower number (partial vin?) I found was TE4502811. All I can figure from that is it's from a GMC truck but that still doesn't help the info I'm looking for. Any good resources I could be missing for this?
     
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    Suffix TBM or TSM? That would be for a truck engine, 350, early 80s. In general if the crank balancer is 8 in dia it might be the four bolt main. Real hard to pin this down in those truck engines.
     
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    Suffix is FSM just rechecked
     
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    Nobody has EVER seen this suffix code? Still lost trying to locate info on it, any help would be much appreciated.
     
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    I seen one other thing on the net a guy asking about it.
    Seems his was in a 1979 3500 truck.
    It is what it is.
    At least you know it is a 350.. 2 bolt or 4 bolt is only for talking to buddies.
    I actually prefer a 2 bolt block myself.
    I have punished them and never hurt them. I have seen a lot of 4 bolt blocks with less cam and less compression than I run and the outer bolts or say the holes they go into are cracked.
     
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    Thanks for the info.
    I'm new to messing around with SBC motors, I figured that info would be needed when I'm getting accessories like oil pumps etc.
     
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    There are a few things that are different ..that would be some of the sheet metal ..oil pumps I use are all the same from my 283 to my 388.
    That is what really helped the SBC.. The parts interchange between many engines.
     

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