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Old 04-27-2006, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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finding a vin on the engine...

is there anyway that i can find out the vin that was originally the car that my engine came from? is there a place on the engine where a tag is hiden and i cant find it? i just would like to know, because ive never really found this out before...

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There is an engine number. It should be stamped on the intake side of the engine block. It is either above the starter motor, or along the mating surface for the oil pan.
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is there anyway that i can find out the vin that was originally the car that my engine came from? is there a place on the engine where a tag is hiden and i cant find it? i just would like to know, because ive never really found this out before...

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There is an engine number. It should be stamped on the intake side of the engine block. It is either above the starter motor, or along the mating surface for the oil pan.
is this the same as the vin would be that the car it came out of? like could i run a car fax on this number?
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Really don't know. See if it looks similar to your VIN up on the dash, through the windshield. I'm just quoting from one of my manuals.
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which manual? ive got bentley and haynes... didnt find it in ethier of those though... ill look into it tommarow if i have time... thanks for looking that up though!
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which manual? ive got bentley and haynes... didnt find it in ethier of those though... ill look into it tommarow if i have time... thanks for looking that up though!

Chilton manual. The one you don't have, of course.
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Chilton manual. The one you don't have, of course.
haha just my luck... well ima look through the manuals i have again... maybe i just suck at scanning books... but thanks anyways!
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