3A-L on Valve Cover

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Yaut
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3A-L on Valve Cover

Post by Yaut » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:53 pm

I bought an 85' some time back for parts. I noticed today that there is a sticker in the valve cover that says 3A-L. Has anyone seen this. Wonder if this is of any significance or not.
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Re: 3A-L on Valve Cover

Post by Yaut » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:06 pm

The internet seems to suggest the 3A-L was a transverse engine so perhaps the valve cover just came off of another engine.
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Re: 3A-L on Valve Cover

Post by NWMO » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:01 pm

Hey Yaut,

As you’ve already found, the “L” apparently indicates a “transverse” engine. I know Chevrolet used the 4a in a trasverse set up for the mid 80s Novas, not sure where else they were used.

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Re: 3A-L on Valve Cover

Post by Petros » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:31 pm

likely you have a crate engine (imported) installed. the long block is identical and it will not affect your installation, as long as you plan on swaping over all the extrernal parts, oil pan, mounts, intake/exhast manifold, etc.

should not be an issue for anything your needs.
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Re: 3A-L on Valve Cover

Post by Yaut » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:47 am

Great. Thank you for the info!
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