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If you're just trying to figure out if its a 305 or 350 you can usually tell by the side that the oil dipstick is on. However, if you want to find out if its a true camaro engine, look around on the block and heads for some numbers. People here and other places on the web can decode those and tell you year, model of car it came from, and sometimes other details as well.
 

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"If you're just trying to figure out if its a 305 or 350 you can usually tell by the side that the oil dipstick is on." --- which side is which please. My recent '64 has one or the other --- seller said 350 but the Edelbrock CAM and manifold paperwork he sent along with the vehicle said 305 -- any help apprciated.
 

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i just purchased a 79 elco and the seller told me that it has a 84 camaro engine with overdrive trans is there a way i can really find out if this is true here is a pic i dont kno if this gonna help




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That's a keeper!!! you've come across one of the rare (in the usa) "Whizzbang 8s" that was put in the limited production hyundai hyennas. only 5 were ever allowed in the usa. one is in a private collection in las vegas; one was stolen from the los angeles/hollywood area, and was last seen driving along a burro track in central mexico; and the other 3 were entered in the silver state (nevada) high speed run and after reaching a top speed of 1872 mph, left the ground and took flight, in formation, and other than causing a mass UFO scare over pheonix, were never seen again.

I'd sell that to jay leno for $500K and buy myself a garage with an attached house, and a fleet of elkies.

but I'm weird.

:nanawrench:
 

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Well on most 80's chevys, the way I understand it, looking down at the engine from the front bumper, left hand side is 305 right hand side is 350.
 

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I think block casting #'s are the safest if you were TOLD what you had. There are 350's with 305 heads, etc. Many mechanic shops or engine rebuilders should be able to look it up.
 

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Mo, the Trans can be identified by the number of bolts in the trans oil pan, and the shape of the pan. Here's a link to the trans info. You can also just drive it. If it has an overdrive, you will feel 4 distinct shifts as you increase speed, along with a final reduction of rpm's when the Torque Converter locks ( about 300 rpm).

http://www.nastyz28.com/chevy-transmission-identification.php

AS for the engine, follow the info in the other posts. If you pull a valve cover, you can get the part number of the heads, which will help a lot in identifying what you have.
 
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my 1985 305 has the dip stick on the passenger side, the 350 I am installing is on the drivers side.
 
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