a 983 GMC used to be a tandem axel

409 wagon

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Canadian truck I guess , and yes it will be getting ac , weve hit 55 below C up here in the winter, but also 42c in the summer , its a dry cold and heat though.
 

Mearl

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Truck 409's have those decals on the valve covers but the block and heads were painted gray-green from the factory.
 

409 wagon

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definitely not this one, no green on the block heads or intake or oil pan, was that a GMC or Chevy thing, or could it be a Canadian thing. That's why these forums help with info, im to young to remember all the details of this stuff, only fifty.
 

Mearl

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Don's right, that being a 64,5 or 6, it should have a 305 or 351. I don't remember if the Toro-flow was still available then or not. I don't know if I have any sales brochures on GMC's, just Chevy's like mine. I'm pretty sure whoever put the 409 in it probably painted it orange
 

409 wagon

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the 09 is original to the truck its listed on the tag on the kick along with the transmission and axels, I thought the motor must have been redone because when I pulled the pan the crosshatch was visible, the block number matches the serial number on the truck.
 

Mearl

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If you by chance have the owners manual, it lists the paint colors for each available engine. That's how I knew the gray- green was correct for mine. Since you still have the kick panel tag and the numbers match, it must be original. It has to be a Canadian thing.
Out of curiosity, what does the horsepower read for the 409, mine shows 252.
 
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I have a 1964 C-80 Chevy that I will be pulling the 09 out of in the near future, all truck engines that I know of had the high torque decals I will check to see if the vin is stamped and I think mine is a 252 HP.
 
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