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If any of you run across a D8VE 302 block, be advised now, do not pass on these little known gems. The ones with the A3A suffix have the big Hi-po/Mexican main caps and are for all intents and purposes, 289 Hi-Po/Mexican blocks. Those with a 3A suffix are the same blocks, but have the std main caps. In addition to this info, I have found in weighing several early blocks that the Mexican block is the same as the early blocks in weight. They are no thicker than the other early (pre 1980) blocks.
As of this moment,(all are for sale) I've got a D1ZM Mex block, a D8VE-A3A block, a D8VE 3A block and a C8OE block in my possesion. All four are stipped down, cleaned and have the main caps bolted down. I weighed all four blocks. The Mex block weighs 136 lbs (std bore), The D8VE-A3A weighs 134 lbs (it's 60 over bore), the C8OE weighs 135 lbs (std bore) as does the D8VE-3A (20 overbore). I'm unable to post pics here, but can email them to anyone interested.
I HAVE A D8VE-0615-ASA
WITH EITHER 806 OR 6 UNDER THEM NUMBERS. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY INFO ON WHAT I HAVE? PLEASE AND THANKS
You've misread the letters here, your "S" should be a "3". The 8O6 is the date code, that's eight "D (not zero) six, meaning it was cast on the sixth day of April ("D") 1978. Congrats, you've got the big main capped block, for all intents and purposes the same as the 289 Hi-Po/Mexican block.
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