Here is what I found out so far searching the internet,
V - Flint Michigan
O517 - May 17
CHC - L82??
1 - Chevrolet
8 - 68 or 78
N - Norwood Ohio
609546 - ???
What is kind of confusing to me is how the engine is produced at 2 separate plants. I have no clue what those last digits are for, maybe production number? The reason behind me thinking that it is a 1978 L82 engine is the engine suffix CHC. According to NastyZ28.com, GM started using CHC to classify their engines in 1973. The engine that was produced with the engine suffix CHC prior to 1978 was in 76 and it was the X L82.
So what I want to know is, was it Norwood or was it Flint? Am I right with my research? And what do those last couple of numbers mean?
P.S. I'll post some pictures of the project tomorrow