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Technical flathead cadillac engine id

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Paul, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
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    So I picked up this Cadillac engine from a fellow HAMBer john walker, thank you very much.
    It came out of a 1940 and I have no reason to believe it is not a 1940 engine but..
    My book says that for 1940 the seven digit identifying number is stamped on the crank case behind the left cylinder block, what I see is a six digit number with the second digit being a letter E.
    Anybody familiar enough with these to help decypher this?
    It's clearly stamped 6E2718

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  2. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
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    Paul mine is out of a 1941 Limo with a number 834HC13, thats on the right side of the block
    just in front of the head, it has another number at the back of the block.
     
  3. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
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    1. 6 is the (60 series) Fleetwood, eg. 3 I believe is the 75 series;
    2. E is for 1940. A being the first year of use of the monoblock in 1936, B is 1937, C is 1938, D is 1939, E is 1940, F is 1941 and G is 1942; and
    3. Sequential numbers.
    Tank engine #s were different again. M5 & 8 prefixes were 1G, M19 & 24 were 3G

    Note the engine number on this car
    6E2512, yours is 6E2718. Total production for 1940 was 37,176 of which 24,130 were La Salle and 13,046 were Cadillac.
     
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  4. Nobey
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    So what is an HC motor mgtstumpy?
     

  5. mgtstumpy
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    I kept on googling but had no luck trying to work that one out. I'll try a little later and test my patience. What about the Cadillac La Salle Club, they might have some more specific technical information?
     
  6. mgtstumpy
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    Engine sizes came in 322ci in La Salles and 346ci in Cadillacs.

    A bit more inconsistency!

    http://www.flatcaddy.com/downloads/1940 -1954 Motors/40-54 Motors-4.jpg
    http://www.flatcaddy.com/downloads/1935 -1942 Motors Specs/35-42 Motors Specs-3.jpg

    http://www.m24chaffee.com/cadillac-flathead-v8-engine-data.html

    Tank engine #s were:-
    • 1G Engines - M5 & M5A1 Stuart Tank, G103 Series
    • 2G Engines - ?
    • 3G Engines - M24 Chaffee Tank G200, M37, M19, M41
    • 4G Engines - LVT 3
    • 5G Engines - British CPT 20 (Very late war, T-16 looking, enlarged, longer & wider)
     
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  7. 38caddy
    Joined: Mar 15, 2006
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    from RI

    I believe the other number at the back of the block will be your actual decodable number. My '38 has a totally different number that made me thing it was a non-original engine to my car. However, after more careful looking, I found the correct number.
     
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