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Strange hole in Engine block
Hi.  Sorry to bother this group but I need confirmation on a hole I found in the engine block on my 351 Cleveland out of my 1973 Mach 1.  I am replacing the intake manifold gaskets due to leaking and upon inspecting the block, at the front I notice this strange hole.  Based on how the metal is shaped, it looks like damage from something.  I have not been able to see a clear picture of the inside front of the engine block to confirm if I have a much bigger problem than my leaking manifold gasket.

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That is normal oil drain back they just chipped it out when cleaning the casting up. I have 9 cleveland engines and all are similar.

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??
Thanks David! I was getting nervous that the block was damaged and pretty depressed to be honest.
you should see a Pontiac 389 block like the forgot to cast most of the lifter galley.

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??
I concur that it is normal albeit strange and sloppy.

To help put your mind at ease, here is a pic of a drain hole in my 71 D0AE-L block. This number is above where the starter goes if you were unaware. Also a pic of a '70 "J" block  that has drain holes at the back of the block. I'm not sure of the exact reason, but it was changed in early 71 to the current version you have. 
[Image: IMG-2872.jpg]
My casting number and date code.

[Image: GEOFF-351-C-002-LI.jpg]
1971 "L" block

[Image: IMG-0352-LI.jpg]
1970 "J" block

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