Good eye Bob, I had not spotted the air cleaner lid my attention was drawn to all of the wrong puzzle pieces that do not fit an expensive puzzleIf I was selling an L79 that had a build sheet I'd be showing it. Also, seller has dozens of pics, but none of the cowl tag. As already mentioned, the VIN has been off the car and re-attached with wrong rivets. The '6' in the VIN looks like a separate stamp and isn't in line with the rest of the numbers. The air cleaner is not an L79. Side snorkels are too short and not enough top indentations. Multi leaf rear springs have been added. It needs the rake so the tires will clear the wheel openings. The last time I saw an L79 with tires sticking out this far it had a Chevelle rear axle installed.
Bottom line is that it doesn't say anywhere this is a real L79. The tough questions aren't answered in the CL ad or on the dealers website. Buyer beware.
As stated, this is VERY questionable, especially since the seller was capable of providing a close-up of the transmission markings but couldn't manage a pic of the cowl tag...As already mentioned, the VIN has been off the car and re-attached with wrong rivets.
Bob is on point to mention the block ID. I'm beginning to feel like the little boy who cried "Wolf!" - but I'd bet that this is another re-stamp. I'd guess that the 'restorers' gang-stamped (also incorrect) the VIN and then realized that it needed the "6" in front of it. Also, on the factory/date/engine-type stamp, it looks like they gang-stamped everything through the "Z" and then had to add the "G". Why they would have chosen "G" is beyond me, since the California equipment is so unique and I don't see any of it on this engine. Final note: There are no broach marks on the block surface, another strike against the engine ID being original.The '6' in the VIN looks like a separate stamp and isn't in line with the rest of the numbers.
My 64 had a later model 8.5 installed when I bought it, and that pushed the tires out right up to the wheel lip. I had that same feeling when I looked at this car...My guess is that this isn't a 1966 Nova rear axle assembly. Any other thoughts?