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Old 10/31/2006, 09:44 AM   #1
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Help, Just Bought California Special

I just bought a 68' Cali Special, it has a manual transmission, and I can't tell if it's a 390 or 428 Motor. Does anyone know how to tell them apart?
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Old 10/31/2006, 11:56 AM   #2
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Check the VIN.

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Old 10/31/2006, 12:12 PM   #3
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I just bought a 68' Cali Special, it has a manual transmission, and I can't tell if it's a 390 or 428 Motor. Does anyone know how to tell them apart?
Wow! Rare bird if it's the real deal! In addition to checking the VIN, would you be willing to tell us all about it? With photos??

Thanks & good luck!

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Old 10/31/2006, 01:20 PM   #4
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The VIN will indicate what the original motor was from the factory. Most all of the parts (block, heads, intake, carb, etc.) have part # or casting # on them. For example C8OE-6090-H. Check your engine and provide some numbers and I'll try to help. Externally, the 390 and 428 look similar.


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Old 10/31/2006, 01:28 PM   #5
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This will be interesting to hear if this is the real deal. Hopefully they will provide us with more details and pictures.

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Old 10/31/2006, 01:34 PM   #6
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I just bought a 68' Cali Special, it has a manual transmission, and I can't tell if it's a 390 or 428 Motor. Does anyone know how to tell them apart?
What did the person that sold it to you say the engine was? Are you sure its a big block? The vin number on the dash or door will tell you what it originally came with new. Post all the numbers you have for it and we can decode it for you. Are you sure its a true California Special? You need a Marti report.

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Old 10/31/2006, 05:23 PM   #7
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Where are you located? We might have members near you who can take a look.
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Old 10/31/2006, 06:26 PM   #8
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You`re in England right?

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Old 11/01/2006, 10:31 AM   #9
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You guys are awesome! Here is the vin # 8R01S165281
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Old 11/01/2006, 10:40 AM   #10
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Not in England. I'm in Salt Lake City, UTAH...
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Old 11/01/2006, 10:59 AM   #11
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You guys are awesome! Here is the vin # 8R01S165281
the s means it was a 390 from the factory.

Would you like to share photos and info on the car you bought? It is somewhat rare to see S code CS's trade hands.

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Old 11/01/2006, 11:06 AM   #12
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You guys are awesome! Here is the vin # 8R01S165281
Welcome 68tang!

We look forward to your participation. As Jason says, the big block 4-speed is a prized catch in any condition. We'd love to see photos of yours. Congratulations!

P.S. You should still order a Marti report. Visit: www.martiauto.com

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Old 11/01/2006, 11:27 AM   #13
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Here is the Trim info: 65A M 2D 10F 53 G 5... Thanks again you guys! How do you put a value range on this CS?
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Old 11/01/2006, 11:29 AM   #14
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I'm actually going to sell it, I'm headed over seas and would rather have someone else enjoy it! How do I put up a picture?
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Old 11/01/2006, 11:34 AM   #15
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I'll order the marti report right now, Thanks!
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