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How to identify engine??? Please help

PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:36 am
by Pee Wee
Hello,
My dad has recently be moved to a nursing home and now I'm now in charge of gathering/selling his personal property. Anyhow... he has a Contenental 4 cyl. engine sitting in his basemment. Can someone please help me identify this engine?
All I know is he used it on an airboat years ago, and it still runs.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND HELP!!!
John

Re: How to identify engine??? Please help

PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:35 pm
by Pee Wee
I did find these numbers on the back of the block???
WA
531457

Re: How to identify engine??? Please help

PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:10 am
by Piperpiper
Pee Wee wrote:I did find these numbers on the back of the block???
WA
531457

hi,

It would be nice if you can post pictures of the engine so that we can help you identify the engine if it is a Continental,Lycoming or Franklin engine.Also there are many horsepower ranges for the above stated four-banger engines.It would be nice to take pictures in several angles and close-ups of the data plate if ever one is still attached.

Jess

Re: How to identify engine??? Please help

PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:31 pm
by helicopter_mechanic
Look for a data plate here.....
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Re: How to identify engine??? Please help

PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:56 am
by merlinraj
The Model, Type, and Code numbers, stamped directly into the engine, are used to identify our engines. Engines used in lawnmower applications usually have these numbers stamped directly into the blower housing, muffler heat shield, or a few inches above the spark plug. Depending on the style of engine shroud used, the engine numbers may be covered.