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LOL. As I said, nothing of value :) Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 26k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 141k and still going.... '80 T/A project car...
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Well, I just spent about 45 minutes with a flashlight and a mirror looking behind, on the side and under the engine, and I saw part of a number on the passenger side behind then engine right next to the transmission.. all I could see was 1609 (then I think it was a 3?) Does that help at all?
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No. You want to take the alternator off and on the pad behind there is the numbers needed.
You find a partial vin stamp and a three digit code (suffix assembly code) and a date code.
Post what you find there and I'll tell you what it is. Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 26k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 141k and still going.... '80 T/A project car...
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is it the original motor? a 305 and 350 tuned port injection and a 305 throttle body have different looking plenums, do they not? (the 305 and 350 being tpi being the same).
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A TPI engine and a TBI engine would have completely different, and unmistakable, intake components.
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True, but it is tough to tell what someone may have done to the "original" engine and what combinations of parts you have there.
Original poster: Get the #s behind the alternator on the pad and post them. That is the only sure fire way to know what the block is. The rest of the components can be figured out later on.
Cars like this are usually a hodge podge of parts or lipstick on a pig in a lot of ways.
I remember a friend bought an 80 Camaro Z28 rumored to have an engine out of a "split nose" Camaro. My friend got all excited and bought this junker.
When we pulled the alternator and looked at the #s, surprise. The original 350 LM1 block still resided under the hood.
So much for that idea... Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 26k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 141k and still going.... '80 T/A project car...
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Fair enough. I was just responding to the "aren't they different" question. ;o)
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Actually, that was a better deal than if someone had R&R'ed the motor. The first Camaro I bought had a "rebuilt 327" in it. Well the cam went flat a few thousand miles later, and it turned out to be a Kragen rebuild 350 with mismatched smog heads, low compression, and bad rocker geometry which wiped out the cam. It had other problems, too. If they didn't break it, you don't have to fix their problems.
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I took off the alternator, but there were no numbers behind/under it. But in the process of taking it off, I had to release the tension on the belt pulley thing, but now I can't finger out how to put the tension back how it was. Can someone help? Should I take off the dr. head and look on the engine there to see if the casting number is there? One pic I was shown looks like that is where it is.
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wrote:

See the bolt head sticking out of the center of the idler? Use a half inch drive with a socket set to loosen. It will rotate out and you can put your belt back on.
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Well, found out the plate is behind the A/C compressor on my car... and it does have the partial VIN on it.. so therefore it must be the original LO3 305 right? And I got the belt fingered out, thanks.
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If the VIN # stamp matches (partially at least) the VIN # plate on the dash board, yes you have the original engine in it.
You'll probably see 2L (2 for Pontiac, L for Van Nuys) and then the last six digits of your vin # (which are the sequential production #s)
If the two match, and your vin plate on the dash shows an E for the 8th digit, yes you have the original 305 TBI L03 engine in there.
If the seller told you it was a 350, he was either ignorant or defrauded you :(.
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yup, 2L plus the end of the VIN, and it turns out now he says he knows NOTHING about these cars.. after he was talking all this stuff... grrr. But it is still a strong engine... only has 88k on it. So in the next year or so I will be asking a lot of questions, my g/f and I want to tear the car down and go over all the pieces and check out the rust, and damage etc, and repaint and rebuild it back, and possibly if money/time/knowledge are available might think about an engine transplant with possibly a Pontiac engine, so I would actually have a full pontiac and not a 50/50 breed. :-) Wish me luck.. LOL... cause you all now I'll need it.
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KITT, eBay has a 1982 Black T/A! up for auction. Item number: 2443910443 VIN Number: 1G2AW8773CL547338
Time left: 1 days 21 hours 7-day listing Ends Nov-25-03 14:15:00 PST
I don't know you're preferential idiosyncrasies, so just check this out. Just keeping an eye out for my fellow T/Aer's Fire-TA 84 T/A w/ T-Tops

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I appreciate it, but it looks like it doesn't have T-tops, and according to Carfax, the odometer was rolled back over 70,000 miles, so who knows what else was done. Plus being all the way in Oregon (I'm in Wisconsin) It would be expensive to get here. But Thanks!
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