Re: [Chrysler300] 300C Hand book
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My 300C engine # is 3 digits less than my VIN. I would say they where running short of 300 engines when my car was built on Feb. 25, 1957. That is verified by IBM card.
 
You all take care,
 
Gary
 
 
 
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:52 PM
Subject: RE: [Chrysler300] 300C Hand book
 
 

The 1955-1958 hemi engines of the Chrysler 300’s were sequentially numbered, typically with the prefix like 3NE57, followed by a four-digit number.  The first engine in 1957 would have been stamped 3NE571001 on top of the block, just behind the water pump.  In 1955, there did not seem to be much effort made to install the lowest available s/n engine in the next C-300 that came down the line.  The relationship between s/n & VIN for the 1956-58 300’s was more consistent.  As it was necessary to build more engines than cars, there was always a variance between the last four digits of the car’s VIN and the last four digits of the engine s/n.  I believe it is highly unlikely that any 300 has an engine s/n precisely the same as the VIN.  The engine s/n on my early 1955 C-300 was 100 LESS than the VIN.  The engine s/n was generally hand written on the IBM build card so club archives reflect the s/n of the engine originally installed.  The data below is from member records of the Chrysler 300 Club, Inc. and reflect significant anomalies—most likely due to block replacements over the years.  The data may also reflect errors of reading the engine s/n as it is hard to read under the water-pump plumbing.  C owners are asked to contribute their data to this study which I have done on my own.  It does appear that the nominal value of the difference between engine s/n less the VIN is about 25-50.

The relationship of the engine s/n and the VIN as shown on the IBM card defines the “Matching Number” for hemi-engined 1955-58 cars.  The 413 CID engine blocks of 1959-65 were not stamped with individual serial numbers but were stamped with information as to the type of engine and the engine’s build date so matching numbers for these engines is rather undefined except for the fact that the engine should be of the correct type and its build date should precede the car build date.

Rich Barber

Brentwood, CA

VIN: 3N57-

ENGINE S/N: 3NE57-

DIFFERENCE

1001

1007

6

1107

1132

25

1149

1172

23

1175

1197

22

1180

1185

5

1325

1350

25

1374

1395

21

1414

1452

38

1491

1511

20

1514

1512

-2

1570

1599

29

1697

1722

25

1749

1492

-257

1799

1845

46

1812

1847

35

1842

2100

258

1881

1927

46

1897

2648

751

1908

1955

47

1930

1389

-541

2069

2122

53

2119

2826

707

2364

2414

50

2416

2465

49

2517

2538

21

2568

2820

252

2862

2713

-149

3216

3312

96

From: Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of commercialenergy@xxxxxxx [Chrysler300]
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 7:02 AM
To: Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [Chrysler300] 300C Hand book

 

Greetings! Does anyone know where I can purchase a hand book for a 300C? Also are the VIN, engine, body and frame numbers all the same or different? Thanks, Bill



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