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  • oboringoboring Posts: 2
    i recently bought i house with a three car garage and the garage is full of car and motorcycle parts. I have found several V8 engine blocks, valves and carbs. I am not very engine familiar and was wondering if there is a way for me to find out what the blocks or other parts are out of without finding someone who knows more about them. Any info would be appreciated. Thank You
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    An engine block will likely have the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) stamped on it. Our How to Decode VIN Numbers should help you after you find those numbers.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,360
    If you took photos of the engines and posted them in our


    we could probably tell you what make of engines they are, and from that, we could then tell you where to look for ID numbers.

    But without photos, no way, as all engines have different ways to be identified.

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  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Older (don't look at newer stuff) General Motor blocks have the VIN number stamped into the metal at the right, front where the head bolts down. A head in its correct place will not cover this VIN. Get the VIN and run it thru the VIN id link given in tidester's message.

    But if a motor was rebuilt in its past, in many cases the machine shop doing the rebuild would 'deck the block' which means they mill down the block, removing the VIN.

    There are some blocks that could be worth a lot of money. But, something that someone abandoned in your new house probably don't fall into this case.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,360
    Don't think that will work for engine blocks, using vehicle VIN decoders, although you are right there are #s on GM blocks on passenger side in front of right side cylinder head. Some GM cars match vehicle VIN to block but are often incomplete sequences + a suffix + a date code. This can be very confusing.

    Mopar has some ID on left front cylinder head, (engine type) or above water pump, or along oil pan on passenger side. Ford engines are very difficult to identify precisely as engine codes are often on discarded metal tags. Casting numbers on various blocks can also help. Photos are really needed to know what block we are looking at.

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  • i have a door and a rear seat that i dont know what they go to. i believe the door is from a 50-52 belair. maybe seat is too i have pics that i can send.
  • How about an Audi Q5 forum in the prices paid / lease questions forum?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    You could try posting the pics in the Mystery car pix.... discussion. They might be able to tell you what car the door and seat belong to.

    Please see the Help link at the bottom for pic posting instructions. And your CarSpace page is a good place to put the pics for posting - we have free photo albums for car pics there.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 63,266


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  • i also have a bumper piece. it looks like it is part of a 3 piece bumper. there is also a pic of the tag i found on the underside of the seat

    car pics
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Looks like you found a good place to ask in the Mystery car pix.... discussion.
  • Hi,

    This is my first post here. i'm a 25 year old guy who is looking to buy my first car (when i say my first, i mean i will be paying for it, been driving for years). There are soo many choices out there that i have no clue what i want. here is a list of cars that i have thought about over the past year.

    Audio A4
    G37 (sedan)
    C300 sport

    I'm trying to get something sporty but something practical as well.

    In this recession, i am not sure if i want to spend a whole lot of money on a car, so now I'm trying to get the most for the buck.

    any ideas? maybe something else that's not listed?

    I'd prefer to lease, but i know a whole lot of people who tell me to buy, any ideas on this as well?

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Help Me Choose! might be a good place to start.

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    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • DH and I want to buy a minivan. now it's up for grabs on whether we really need one or not, DS was born recently and we are sort of musing over having another DC in the next year. DH is currently deployed. when he get back in May we get to move from Atlanta to Seattle. We currently have a Honda Civic and a Saturn SL2 both are 2002's or is it 2003... anywho the thing that is given us the most want for getting a minivan now instead of later is the thought of moving cross crountry in a sedan. granted all our stuff will be going by way of moving van. its just the getting of DH, DS, and I to the other side of continent that is a little concerning. if we buy a van we will sell DH's saturn

    Anywho we have been setting aside money to go towards a minivan for a little since it is something we knew we wanted to get at some point. basically since both out current cars are paid off we been putting aside $300 a month to "pretend" we have a payment and eventually use to go towards a down payment.

    So I suppose the first question I have is when to buy? DH gave me the ability to be able to buy without him and all trusting my judgement and all. I'm okay with that but i prefer not to. Or do I wait till he get back and we try to do it during the two we have in atlanta before we actually move? or do we suck it up and just wait till we get to seattle... or do we just flat out don't get a mini van?

    The next question is if we get one which one? Our biggest thing is Safety. but after that we don't really know. I suppose cost would be next. we are looking at $300 a month payment... $350 if we really really had to... We are leaning towards new and perhaps a Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyuandai or Nissian. I'd like some comforts: power seat controls, tinted back windows, nothing too fancy. We aren't really fans of the wood looking stuff and prefer cloths seats to what ever the other thing is lol.

    hmmms not sure what else i can add... but yelp!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Those are tough questions. You may get some guidance in What's the best vehicle for my needs? and Help Me Choose! for starters.

    Good luck!

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    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Ok, DH I recognize as Dear Hubby. DC I'm guessing is Dear Child. But I'm stumped at DS. :shades:

    I've gone cross-country in a minivan and we really like them (and no DCs or DSs - hmmm, Dear Son?). But you may not want to buy one just for one trip if you are used to tooling around in sedans.

    In addition to Tidester's suggestions, you may want to skim the Minivans - Domestic or Foreign discussion and you may get some ideas from the SUV vs Minivans discussion.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Yes Steve, dear son is correct! Though there are times for all of those abbreviations when the "D" does not have to mean dear, depending on what the referenced person just did. :shades:
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Something about this person's handle is awfully familiar........ :confuse:
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    lol... at first I thought it was you playing around with a new profile. However, after reading the post... I figured that you wouldn't be impersonating a woman. Especially with a legit question. :shades:

    An admirer perhaps???
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Ya, definitely not me. Perhaps I do have an admirer. :)
  • My brother in law lost his job and can't pay his lease. He is going to go back to school so a high paying job is not in the near future. He obviously does not want to ruin his credit history but can't pay his $350 a month lease anymore. He has 10 months remaining. The vehicle appraised over $3k under the FMV.
    Does he have any options besides trying to get someone to lease or buy it? Does anyone think Ford Motor Credit would work with him or accept like a $1K (or less) payment and let him out?
    Lots of questions for him but he does not have internet at home anymore.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
  • Thanks for the links!
  • asp123asp123 Posts: 3
    Looking to lease a sedan within the next week. Just wondering if I'm losing out on any deals by not signing up by the end of this month as opposed to some time in the beginning of April?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Probably a little too late to really get March incentive info, but you can check the Prices Paid: Buying & Leasing Experiences Board, where most cars have a "Lease Questions" discussion. You can ask there for what the curret incentives are for each make/model you may be considering.

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  • artnjartnj Posts: 4
    Woops user, cant seem to post, I can only reply so I posted my ultimate question in this thread. Maybe someone can clue me in to how to repost it in the right place. Substantive Part of the post below:

    For 6 months or so, once a month, when it rained HARD for HOURS (not in light rain), and my car (2004 Accord EX) was outside, I would experience the nav unit (which includes the radio and clock) quickly flickering off and on until the car warmed up. My mechanic told me "well, you could bring it in and pay me to fish around, but it doesnt seem worth it. Wait and see if it gets worse."

    Last Friday, torrential rains, car outside all day. Nav unit was again flickering on and off, with greater rapidity than I have seen. Over the course of 15 minutes (before car warmed up/dryed out I guess), it probably flickered on and off 75 times. Maybe 15 times, the flicker was accompanied by the ABS and Brake indicator lights on the dash flickering on the dash itself (i.e. as far as I know, it was just the indicator lights flickering), and the gas cutting out. These are super quick flickers, the gas cutting out was noticeable, but over so quickly it didnt seem overly dangerous and I crossed my fingers and drove home.

    I am very concerned I got ripped on the repair work that was done. The tech essentially admitted to me that there was no thorough testing of the electrical system. Sounded like he stopped at a visual inspection of the wires/connections. He noticed that by jiggling the key in the slot, he could make the power flicker and decided the ignition switch was bad. He recovered a code that had led to the check enginge light being on, which reported a problem with the main computer control system, which he said was hopefully just from the power spike. He reported that he "used a hose" on the car but was unable to recreate the problem. He took the car for a "test drive" today (no rain today.) So "maybe" it was the ignition switch. I am getting a bill for $390 for this!

    Hope I'm wrong, but my guess is that the next time the car is out in/after heavy rain, I'm going to be cursing up a storm when the problems reoccur. Most of my drive to work is a busy highway, so its probably not to safe either.

    What the heck? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Electrical gremlins can be hard to track down but here's hoping you got it fixed with the switch.

    Try posting in the Honda Accord Hybrid Electrical/Lighting Problems for other suggestions.
  • I'm in the market for a new car and I've narrowed my choices down. I'm ready to buy, but I really don't want to spend hours haggling. I've read many, many, many posts and articles where people have gotten great deals, quite a few times paying less than invoice by email or over the phone. Things is, they just say they did it, but not how they went about doing it. I've tried sending out for quotes using websites, but when they email me back, they just give details about the vehicle and tell me to call for an appointment to come in and talk face to face. Can anyone give me any tips and/or hints being able to perform a transaction like this with out geting screwed over?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Internet vs. Traditional Car Buying would be a good place to start.

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    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • My wife and I are moving from New York to Northern California are going to purchase a car. Since we'll need it almost immediately when in California we were wondering if it's better to buy it here while we're still in NY and ship to Cali or to talk with dealers in Cali and try and buy over the phone and pickup when we arrive. Any thoughts or concerns we should be aware of?
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