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on factory rebuilt motors,.they came without a vin till you stamped one in.

it does still have the x's though. (my cars got a factory rebuilt motor without a vin)

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I understand making another mark if this motor was a rebuild by why would some one double or triple stamp the block vin number? This car has been in my family since 1978. The car was my dad's daily driver till 1991 when he got a 318i. (I was 18 in 1991 and my dad passed away in 1995) The car was parked from 1991 till July of this year. I don't really know the repair history. Does BMW put any other marks on the block indicating a rebuild?

Thanks guys! This stuff is all very new to me.

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look on the side of the block below the exhaust manifold

you'll see a foundry casting date with month/year.

obviously if you see a casting date 4/83 that block is not original to a 1974

car

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In my youth, over 40 years ago, I spent a summer making these http://ww1.safholland.us/sites/usa/en-US/products/fifthwheels/Pages/default.aspx

One of my many job duties was stamping serial numbers on the fifth wheels. Just a ball peen hammer and stamp set

http://www.harborfreight.com/36-piece-1-8-eighth-inch-steel-letter-number-stamping-set-800.html

Sometimes you get a double imprint when the tool bounces. You never get a three imprint like that. I lived in fear of doing that bad a job because California Highway Patrol or any other law enforcement agency would take one look at it and immediately impound the car/equipment as having altered serial numbers.

I'm not drawing a conclusion about the engine being stolen or anything nefarious. I am saying no matter what the reason for that lousy stamping job you are at risk. The law is ~tampered with serial numbers. They don't care if it was the original engine and God himself messed up the serial numbers while rebuilding it.

Rick

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look on the side of the block below the exhaust manifold

you'll see a foundry casting date with month/year.

obviously if you see a casting date 4/83 that block is not original to a 1974

car

Is this it? Looks like it reads: 1L55223 Also, no need to be snide about this. Like I said I am new. Thanks again for everyon's help.

Ben

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no - it's further forward - below cylinders 2 and 3 area,

looks like a clock - 4 dots would be April/81 would be 1981

you may need to wire brush a bit to bring it up from the dirt rust grease

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Having a Touring with your history and a factory reman. engine

is not a bad thing at all. Knowing your dad he would have done it

correctly when it was time for a rebuild or replacement.

Back in the day it was not important to keep the original block

to the car. So very likely it was stamped with the VIN to

have it as correct as it could be.

The memories and time spent with your father is what is important,

not the numbers matching. Hope this helps.

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Having a Touring with your history and a factory reman. engine

is not a bad thing at all. Knowing your dad he would have done it

correctly when it was time for a rebuild or replacement.

Back in the day it was not important to keep the original block

to the car. So very likely it was stamped with the VIN to

have it as correct as it could be.

The memories and time spent with your father is what is important,

not the numbers matching. Hope this helps.

I totally agree with you. Just trying to figure out some of the history of the car. I am still waiting for the State of Colorado to issue me a new title so I can actually go for a drive that is just not around the block. I should have my radiator back from the recore monday.

Thnaks again to everyone for their replies.

Ben

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