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I recently picked up an engine block to give me something to play with. It’s a first gen chevy II small block with the recessed oil filter pad.

I know how much I’m enjoying bench racing this in my head already figured I’d through a few pics of the numbers up for others to enlighten me.

I’m thinking either a 301 build or possibly go 327. It’s got a corroded cylinder that’s going to necessitate at least going to the 4.000 bore. I’ve got a small journal 283 crank that came with it. What do you think?
 

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My info makes this a 1964 Nova 283 powerglide block. The F0911DE is Flint engine plant, September 11 and DE is the 283 poweglide code. The G 173 casting code is G=July, 17th day, 1963. So, the block was cast in summer 1963 for use in an early 1964 Chevy II. The '721' block was used for all 1964 and '65 Chevy II 283 applications. It was also used for 1965 and '66 Chevy II 327 applications until the end of October, 1965.

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Thanks Bob, I think it’s going to be right at home in my ‘63 - it’s powerglide days however are over. Unless, of course, the magnaflux reveals a problem.
 
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