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    • drifter17a
    • By drifter17a 15th Sep 17, 9:00 AM
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    reading engine number
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    • 15th Sep 17, 9:00 AM
    reading engine number 15th Sep 17 at 9:00 AM
    I am trying to read my engine number from the lock but it was so heavily rusted that I couldn't

    After a bit of using wire brush, i can hardly make out some of the numbers hacked into the block but not the full picture

    further I painted using both black and silver with no results

    I am stuck as to how I can read it.

    Do you reckon it needs sanding down ?
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    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 15th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
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    Have a look at the V5, see what that says. If the two look similar, then bingo.
    • drifter17a
    • By drifter17a 15th Sep 17, 9:18 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 9:18 AM
    it is a used engine I have bought to do conversion/turbo charging.

    it was taken off another car and want to ensure I have received what i have paid for without dismantling it as that will be in few month

    only way of checking it is engine number
    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 15th Sep 17, 9:38 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 9:38 AM
    Did it come with a ECU that can be read via OBD plug in?
    • missile
    • By missile 15th Sep 17, 9:42 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 9:42 AM
    etch with some mild acid, vinegar may do the trick.
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 15th Sep 17, 10:41 AM
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    Casting numbers maybe more reliable than an engine number.
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    • Sam Fallow
    • By Sam Fallow 15th Sep 17, 11:15 AM
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    I've had succes with taking a close up photo and enlarging on a PC screen to get a better guess at the number.

    Long shot, but it might help.
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    • Hedgehog99
    • By Hedgehog99 15th Sep 17, 11:22 AM
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    I've had succes with taking a close up photo and enlarging on a PC screen to get a better guess at the number.

    Long shot, but it might help.
    Originally posted by Sam Fallow
    You can play with the contrast too - amazing what detail can come up. I scanned in a photo of a WWI gravestone and managed to get the soldier's serial number from that even though the original photo didn't show it clearly.
    • droopsnoot
    • By droopsnoot 15th Sep 17, 11:50 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 11:50 AM
    Do you reckon it needs sanding down ?
    Originally posted by drifter17a
    If you put some paint on, then send back with a flat block, you might find that it just leaves the stamped digits which might make them more visible. Don't sand too much, though, or you might make it worse.
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 15th Sep 17, 12:06 PM
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    Get a wire brush attachment for your drill or angle grinder, that'll sort it out for a few quid.
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    • jimjames
    • By jimjames 15th Sep 17, 12:09 PM
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    Do you reckon it needs sanding down ?
    Originally posted by drifter17a
    If you sand it down you could always stamp in the number for the engine that you want to show
    Remember the saying: if it looks too good to be true it almost certainly is.
    • angrycrow
    • By angrycrow 15th Sep 17, 5:30 PM
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    Small piece of paper and a wax crayon, take a rubbing like you did at school. Useful trick if the number is out of the line of sight but you can get your hands in.
    • atrixblue.-MFR-.
    • By atrixblue.-MFR-. 15th Sep 17, 6:52 PM
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    piece of white paper and a oily finger!.
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    • drifter17a
    • By drifter17a 15th Sep 17, 7:26 PM
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    Tried this no luck
    • drifter17a
    • By drifter17a 15th Sep 17, 7:27 PM
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    I meant wax and paper
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