I finally took the time to clean off the engine blocks on both of the IDI's I have and discovered the 6.9 engine I thought I had is actually a 7.3. Now I'm wondering just exactly what I have. The engine I removed from the 1989 F350 has serial number 7.3DU2U6239461 and the engine currently installed in the 1987 F250 (which I thought was a 6.9) has serial number 7.3DU2U617160* . Yes, the engine in the 87 appears to have an * at the end of the serial number. So, the questions I have are: #1.) Does the * mean anything? #2.) Can anyone decipher these numbers into anything meaningful?