I have one of your engines

The GT-E was only available for a few brief months in 1968. Total production would not have kept the assembly line busy for more than a half day. If you know anything about a GT-E, it is important, and this is the place to share it. The GT-E registry is maintained by Jim Pinkerton.
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Re: I have one of your engines

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This partial Vin number, whatever it turns out to be is stamped on the block itself. To my knowledge none of the production W code GT-Es were stamped; in fact, I'm not sure they even had the casting boss on which to stamp a number.

That said, since we only have 5 digits to go on (and who knows which of the kids is missing), it looks to me like either 535... or 538...
There were 9 GT-Es built with the first 3 digits 535 and all of them were scheduled production dates 05B; there were no W code 427 GT-Es with the 583... designations.

So, barring further evidence to the contrary my guess is that this is not a production GT-E 427 block; but, "who knows for sure?"

We are all hoping our contact with this information can turn up some more clues.

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Re: I have one of your engines

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Most 427 GT-E's were built prior to the end of February 1968. Your block would be too late for any of those cars. On the other hand a couple dozen of the 427 GT-E's were built after March 1, 1968. To have been used in a production car a block would typically need at least a month between the casting date and the installation in a car.

There is an assembly date code stamped on the block if it was used in production. It will be on the rear left hand boss just below where the cylinder head sits. Not on the rear face of the block, but on the rear of the LH side of the block on the square protruding boss.

Here's a photo of an 8E 3F Inspectors date code from one of my cars.
FestusPunky wrote: 03 Mar 2020, 18:21 Hi guys,
I’m new to this forum but I thought I’d check in to to give you a heads up that I have what may be a W-code side oiler in my ‘69 Torino Cobra. I bought the bare block a few years ago from a guy in Salt Lake City. It is a hydraulic lifter side oiler with the date code 8C1. No ribs cast in so not likely a service block. Right now it is built up as a 482 cu in stroker.
Any thoughts?
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
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Re: I have one of your engines

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Hi Jim,

The photo I posted was from Red Henry's Nordic Blue GT-E. The actual last two digits are 24. It's just really difficult to read because the numbers were not punched well. In fact, two of the numbers were nearly punched on top of each other.
1968 Cougar XR7 GT-E
W-code 427E
Nordic Blue / Dark Blue Leather
sold thru David Bricker L-M; Hollywood, CA

1968 Cougar XR7 6.5 Litre
S-code 390 GT
Nordic Blue / Dark Blue Vinyl
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Well that explains why nothing adds up. It also might explain the nearly unreadable stamping as someone very well may have "added" this partial VIN to the block boss. Thanks.

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Re: I have one of your engines

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I’m not seeing any numbers stamped on the rear drivers side boss, but I’m just looking at my photos (the engine is back in the car). Once I get back to the US I’ll take a closer look. I wonder what this block was used for...maybe it was a service block after all?
Thanks for all your input btw, a fun mystery if nothing else :D
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FestusPunky wrote: 05 Mar 2020, 15:03 I’m not seeing any numbers stamped on the rear drivers side boss, but I’m just looking at my photos (the engine is back in the car). Once I get back to the US I’ll take a closer look. I wonder what this block was used for...maybe it was a service block after all?
Thanks for all your input btw, a fun mystery if nothing else
It is hard to say where your block was used originally, but it is a nice date coded 427 SO block from early 1968. I would do what Royce suggested and look for the engine assembly date stamp. If it does not have that stamping, it would be hard to make the case your block is from an actual GT-E unless you knew the entire history of this block.

After checking some information, it lists a few GT-E's with the W-code 427 were built up thru Apr-May and even June, albeit low numbers. I'm being vague because I am not sure what info I can share because it came from the GT-E registrar.

I remember when I was searching for a GT-E to purchase and more times than not the 427 engine was no longer with the car being sold. We know people removed the 427's from GT-E's for AC Cobra cars, Cobra kit car projects, for racing projects, Mustangs, etc...

Royce has previously commented on the various uses of the 1968 C8AE-A 427 side oiler block. You could purchase them over the counter at Ford dealerships for sure. They were also used in Chris Craft boats, used to power industrial water pumps, generators, etc...

Here is some additional information regarding VIN stamping of blocks in late '67 and 1968, and goes into the irregularity of the VIN stamping process on the production line. Although this is for the 428 FE blocks, it sheds some light on the VIN stamping practice during Ford at the time. This is from the 428 Cobra Jet Registry site, so thank you to the author.

"Note also the flat pad in the upper left corner of the first picture (below). Starting in 1967 for the 1968 model year, Ford began stamping partial VIN information on production engine blocks to meet the requirements of Title 49, United States Code, Subtitle VI, Part C, Chapter 331 (effective January 1, 1968). This pad is where the information would often be stamped on a 428 CJ. The stamping is nearly impossible to see on this particular block, but knowing that those numbers are there gives new meaning to the term "matching numbers" when talking about Ford engines. Here's a picture of one such partial VIN, 8F218357 (thanks again to Kerry Wortman). Note how irregular the stamping can be:"


"I've also received reports from people who have found partial VIN stampings on the rear of the driver's side cylinder head. Given normal production line schedules and procedures I have no doubt that the person doing the stamping could put the marks in either place."
https://www.428cobrajet.org/id-block
1968 Cougar XR7 GT-E
W-code 427E
Nordic Blue / Dark Blue Leather
sold thru David Bricker L-M; Hollywood, CA

1968 Cougar XR7 6.5 Litre
S-code 390 GT
Nordic Blue / Dark Blue Vinyl
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Re: I have one of your engines

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[/quote] "I've also received reports from people who have found partial VIN stampings on the rear of the driver's side cylinder head. Given normal production line schedules and procedures I have no doubt that the person doing the stamping could put the marks in either place."
https://www.428cobrajet.org/id-block
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From my experience most of all vin stampings have been consistently on the back of the Driver’s side Cylinder head
Similar to the one pictured here

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Re: I have one of your engines

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Just a heads up if any of you guys are interested in buying this engine, my 1969 Ford Cobra is on BringaTrailer right now at *no reserve*. :D
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How about a link?
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue - SOLD
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black
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I tried but the link didn’t post. You may need to search BaT. Here it is again...
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1969-ford-cobra/
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