Perkins Diesels are the most widely used engines in the world. Since
Frank Perkins began in 1916, these engines have been made in many different countries. Because the
engine is configured differently for each application, it is very
important to determine the actual serial number of the engine you wish
to repair or replace. That unique serial number, akin to a car’s VIN,
will tell you when and where the engine was built, its horsepower
rating, and the specific parts used in the engine.
What your number looks like
You are looking for a stamped-in number on the block rather than a
raised casting number. Sometimes a raised 377711000 is often found on
Perkins diesels but this is simply a casting number. The stamped-in
number we need is usually alphanumeric, beginning with two letters and
then five digits, such as ED70058. Earlier engines
had strictly numeric serial numbers using the model numbers to begin
the sequence. An example of an early number is 108U..N.
Where to find it
Typically, 4108 and 6354 engines have serial numbers stamped in the casting where the injection pump is mounted. The 4236 and 4248 engines usually have their numbers stamped into an area of the blocks behind the injection pump. The 3152 and 4203 series are often found stamped-in at the rear of the block above the bell housing.
The chart below is helpful in identifying the areas where a particular model’s serial number is located.
|Engine Type||Position||Engine Type||Position|
|4.203||G or J||4.212||C|
|4.236||C or H||4.248||C|
– Tech Tip courtesy of Foley Engines