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 Post subject: No VIN engine, no paint?
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 12:09 am 
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Location: Reading, Pa.
Car Model: 1982 D150 225, 2bbl., 833 OD
I've been enjoying Doug Dutra's book and read the section about where to locate the VIN no. on the engine. After clearing some grime and lowering my self with a mirror, I discovered that the engine on my '82 truck does not have anything stamped there.

It's hard to say if it was always blank or ground and polished away. I didn't see any obvious tooling marks on the boss. So I guess I may have one of the non stamped factory replacement engines that Doug made mention of? Or someone removed it for whatever reason. Also if I remember the book info correctly, my '82 should have blue engine paint. My manifold side is grease free but no evident paint, just a little rusty. The other side is pretty well grimed up, I'll have to clean it. I haven't searched for the date and factory codes behind the alternator yet. I suppose it may have had black paint at one time from a post '84 and got removed in Gunk fest? Anyhow, does anyone know if a factory replacement long block would have arrived without paint in that era? Or maybe a rebuilder didn't paint it after hot tanking? Just ramblin'. Thanks

1982 Dodge D150 ( Ram)
225 with A833OD. 2bbl. Non power brakes

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