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I've always wondered if a matching numbers car meant that it was the exact engine that was in the car when it was purchased (and if so how would I know) or if the engine just had a similar production date as the rest of the car, in wich case what would be a matching numbers engine for my car?

Vin is 8R01CC42204 and build date is 02/15/1968

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Do a search on "matching numbers" you will find that it means different things to different people. I always thought it ment that the engine matched the vin.

You should have a consecutive number stamped on the rear of your block near the bell housing.

This might be different for different years and engines. My 73 351c is stamped there.

Your number is 42204. I think... maybe someone else will correct me.

Do the search, that should help.
 

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woops I made a mistake in the VIN it is actually 8R01C142204 not 8R01CC42204... thanks I will do a search
 
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Like peviously said,matching `#s mean diffrent things to diffrent
people,with exception of HP cars most reg V8 cars dont have the vin #
on the block but the date code of all the major parts should be around
1-2 maybe even 3 monthes Before the cars build date[off trim Tag]
to me matching #s is all parts that have dates[not just the engine block]
have the proper dates and casting # for that car and the trim tag is an orig one to that car
[restamped one`s dont count]
that just my .2c
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As 76BKGT noted, the date codes need to be within a reasonable period of time prior to the build date of the car for a Ford to be considered "numbers matching", except for certain high-performance models that do actually have the VIN stamped on the engine.

Most of the concours types that I've talked to about this seem comfortable with a range of 6-8 weeks prior to the build date, but there is some tolerance for elasticity. Still, the further out you get from 8 weeks, the fewer the people you'll find who will consider the car to be numbers matching.
 

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If you look at ads for Camaros, Corvettes
and other GM cars you tend to see "numbers
matching" more than you see for ads of Ford cars
for some reason. I always thought of matching
numbers as the engine matching the serial number
of the car, that it is the original engine or
at least block. To have the date codes stamped
on the different parts of the car match or be
in the correct time frame would be rather difficult
to find for a car that has been driven. Certainly
a low mileage original could easily qualify.
 
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