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I was tidying around the engine compartment of my 65 Gran Sport yesterday and noticed that the VIN stamping looked a bit odd:
 

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Was it common for the VIN# to be stamped on the block like this?  Compared to VIN stampings on Chevy small blocks, the lettering and its positioning seem rather crude.  The "9" in particular looks odd for a numeral.  The VIN # stamping matches the VIN on the car, and I've owned the car for 35 years.  When i bought it in 1983 it was original paint and driveline never rebuilt, at least I didn't think it had.  Back then I don't think folks were re-stamping Riviera engine blocks to create fakes, as decent cars weren't expensive at all.  But the odd stamping got me to wonder if other LX blocks are stamped this way.

 

The "LX' stamping is on the passenger side, in rather small font (not seen in this photo), with the "L" and the "X" separated by about an inch.  Is that normal?

 

 

 

 

 

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Yours does seem a bit bunched up, but the "9" is the same as the "9" is on my two "LX" engines …

 

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There is a separation between the "L" and the "X" on both of mine.

 

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I believe the separation has been mentioned before, either on this forum, or another one, I can't remember for certain.

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The "9"looks factory to me, not the straightest line... l and x about an inch apart all the boxes are checked, relax and enjoy.. Steve

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4 hours ago, Rivman said:

Yours does seem a bit bunched up, but the "9" is the same as the "9" is on my two "LX" engines …

 

IMG_1513.1.thumb.jpg.f71659986e8b18963d45cf98193857ca.jpg

 

1341889760_20-1965buickenginepictures002.thumb.JPG.a427da0fc17059821c2728a77d64e9f8.JPG

 

The font size of the "L" and the "X" is the same as the VIN font on both of mine, but, there is a separation between them.

 

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I believe the separation has been mentioned before, either on this forum, or another one, I can't remember for certain.

Randall,

  Your font sizes are not the same, different stamps done at different locations, see Steve`s pic

Tom

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I've seen that 'off centered, upside down b' used as a 9 on  many buick stampings. 

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