Did any of the 66 Barracuda's come with a 318?

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    I was decoding my VIN on my 66 Barracuda and according to the VIN my car came with a 318. The fifth digit in the VIN is a D. I thought the biggest engine you could get was a 273. Anybody have any information on this? I don't have any information on the car as far as the original engine, the car has a 408 stroker in it now.
     
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    No 1st gen barracuda's came with a 318, which would have been the Poly at that time. The 273 was the first of the new "light" casting Chrysler engines during the 1964 model year, which are the LA engine. The LA318 was introduced for the 1967 model year, but didn't replace the 273 until the following model year, 1968
    1966=Fender tag for the 273 2bbl(31), 273 commando (32)
     
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      What about the VIN?
       
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      "D" in the VIN is 273.
       
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        Actually, you could still get the 273 though the '69 model year...they just had hydraulic lifters '68-'69 instead of solids ('64-'67).
         
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          No, no Barracuda with 318 left the factory in 65/66
           
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          • KosmicKuda

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            True for Darts but NOT for 68-69 Barracudas.

            As mentioned, 273 only for 66.
             
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            Swiss made Barracudas (Schinznach) had the 273 c.i. up to 1969
             
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            In 66, “D” is 273 2bbl
             
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              The fifth digit being a D is a 273. No 318's were ever used in 64-66 Barracuda's. 67 was the first year for a 318 LA
               
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                Absolutely correct Mike, but 273 was still available 'til '69, albeit with cast crank and hydro lifters...basically the LA318's little brother.
                 
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                  Okay, understood. I was using a Plymouth service manual from 1966 and it indicated a D was the 318 engine.
                   
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                  son ofa gun - there it is.

                  vin- manual.jpg
                   
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                  Still, the LA 318 wasn't manufactured or installed in any until '67 from everything I've seen and read.

                  My '66 came with the 273 2bbl originally but now has a mide '70s 318. Fender tag code 315.
                   
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                  A D code in 1966 was a poly 318 in the bigger body cars, not an A body.
                   
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                  • NitrofumesTF

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                    I get that but my VIN has a D in the fifth position, why?
                     
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                    Because you car came equipped with a 273 2 barrel motor.
                     
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                    273 is clearly C!! That is strange
                     
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                    I searched 1966 vin decoder and found this.

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                    Ok, so what letter would 273 4bbl Commando be for '66? '67, it was "E"
                     
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                    According to this list idk? Its not listed.
                     
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                    Maybe the high output wasnt offered in 66!?!
                     
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                    Here is the 67 numbers

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                    Problem with these charts is the 273 ho was available '65-67. So they are wrong.
                     
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                    • cosgig

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                      Ok, here we go. In 66, if you got the 235 hp 273 4 bbl, it would be on the fender tag under the “ab” as “32”, but in the VIN, the 5th character only identified the engine size. In this case the “D” designates the 273, not which HP the 273 was, that was on the fender tag.
                       
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