Joseph Colvett

1933 Buick 90 series engine and body numbers I.D.

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Hello to everyone..

I have a 90 series Club Sedan and wonder if the engine (2827342) is the one that came in the car. The serial number on the frame behind the right front wheel is (2674162).

I also have a complete power train from a 1933 90 series and that engine number is 2841271. Is there a way to verify that it is truly a 1933 90 series engine and  in what body style was it originally in?

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So I had a similar question about my 31 8-66S special coupe, the engine number was over 100,000 higher than the chassis number on the title.  Oh- by the way, the car had been the subject of a very slow body off restoration and bless their pea-pickin souls they lost the serial number tag.  I have a great mentor car buddy in GA, Dave39MD, who has an original 8-66S special coupe, I'm constantly bugging him for pictures as I try to complete the car.  I asked him if his engine number matched the chassis number and his is engine serial number is also over 100,000 higher than the chassis number.  I doubt if GM even has  records of engine numbers to chassis or job numbers so proving the engine that came with your car is actually the one it was born with might be hard.  That said don't be disappointed that the engine number is not the same as the serial number, it won't be on the early cars...

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The frame number and engine number will not match and do not correspond to each other in any way. Some factory records may show the range of engine numbers built each year, so you can at least narrow down the year in which the engine was built, sometimes even the month. That is as close as you'll get to "matching numbers" on a car of this vintage. It's all academic anyway--as long as the engine is the correct type for the car, it should not have an effect on value. There are several members on this site who will be able to tell you about when your engine was built based on the engine number, hopefully they (or West) will supply an answer.

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The Buick Heritage Alliance is capable of researching Buicks, especially prewar Buicks, "by the numbers." For the most part, original selling information is not available through them, but I believe their archive is the most extensive for researching. It is currently housed in the AACA Library & Research Center. If you contact the BHA, this is an example of the professional response that you would receive (this is an answer to the OP's original question):

 

Memorandum
Re: Engine and chassis numbers for a 1933 Buick Model 33-91 Club Sedan (138"
wheelbase), Fisher Style Number: 33102


You have asked me to research the following engine and chassis numbers for a 1933 Buick
Model 33-91 Club Sedan, as follows:
Engine number: 2827342
Chassis number: 2674162


You have also asked me to research Buick engine number 2841271.
For model year 1933, I am unable to research engine and chassis numbers by series or model. All
I am able to do is confirm whether a particular engine or chassis number was assigned to a 1933
Buick.
Engine numbers 2827342 and 2841271, and chassis number 2674162, are all 1933 Buick
numbers.


Beginning with the 1932 model year cars, definite blocks of numbers were no longer assigned to
the engines and chassis for each series and model. Unlike in previous years, beginning with the
1932 model year, engine and chassis numbers were assigned sequentially as they were
manufactured, regardless of series or model. With the production data presently in my
possession, I cannot identify engine and chassis numbers by series and model after 1931, only by
year.


The Buick Heritage Alliance is working on the preparation of a data base that will hopefully
enable us to research post-1932 engine and chassis numbers by series and model. Work on this
database is slowly proceeding, but the work is still far from complete.
I hope what little I am able to offer above is useful.
All the best.

http://www.buickheritagealliance.org/about/mission_and_history

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Thanks so much West

I was happy to get your response and the information you gave me is very helpful. I will follow up with the BHA for the research they are working on and any publication they might put together. Really glad to know the engine numbers I gave you are indeed 1933 numbers. Thanks again for you help!!!

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