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Hot Rods VIN rivets

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fortunateson, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. Black Panther
    Joined: Jan 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,777

    Black Panther
    from SoCal

    The vin numbers themselves are different....the Corvette will have "08" in it...the Impala "17" or "18" different assembly a vin decoder is fingertips away on Google. Nothing would be worse than buying a 1960 Corvette and it having a fullsize Chevy vin number...
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  2. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,328

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Going different.. but lets use this.....your 55 Ford is in great shape... but the frame is toast.You buy another 55 Ford with a rotten body but a cherry frame.These cars has the Vin stamped onto the frame along with the tag on the inside drivers door.You use your donor 55 for the frame.
    what comes first.. the chicken or the egg.

    Much less a cherry 33 ford coupe......using a Original ford frame from another 33 Ford.
    I am talking Original manufactures parts here....
  3. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,669

    Larry T

    While I was working on my F-100 title, "powers that be" said older Fords are titled by frame numbers. "If it has a 56 Ford frame, then it's a 56 Ford, no matter what body is on it." If that doesn't work them you get a builders title for what ever year you apply for a title. I was trying to sort out a F-100 on a Dodge Dakota frame. I changed build direction when they told me this. It now has a stock 56 Ford frame with an Industrial Chassis crossmember and Posies rear springs.

    They said the same applied from 1932 - ?? (I don't remember, but later than 1956.)

    This is Texas stuff and another title office might have a different take on things.
  4. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,263

    Ned Ludd

    That's what I mean. It's in the OEMs' interest if repairs after even a trivial airbag deployment are as onerous as possible.
  5. 55Brodie
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 746


    Another post that has gone "off the rails".
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  6. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,099

    from Quincy, IL

    How so? We are still discussing data/serial /VIN plate attachment and potential problems associated with fasteners securing those plates. Or, in some posts, swapping serial numbered parts....not headliner bows or soundproofing materials. You and your "like" buddy may not be representative of the average HAMB member's interest in learning more, rather than less.

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  7. 55Brodie
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 746


    Didn't mean to strike a nerve there Ray. I was just wondering how we went from the OP's original question about rivets to discussions about everything but rivets. And, no, I haven't learned much on this post. I can't speak for my like buddy however.
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  8. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 4,180


    OP here, I would think that anyone with a Higway Patrol avatar would stick this one out to the end. LOL
  9. 55Brodie
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 746


    2150 to Fortunateson, I'm hanging with you to the bitter end. 10-4?
  10. 1great40
    Joined: Jan 1, 2008
    Posts: 471

    from Walpole MA

    I have no legal expertise, nor was the OP looking for any.
    But, as far as rivets go, if they're the rosette pop rivets, lop the backs off them with a whiz wheel, pin punch the remains of the mandrels out of them and then tap them (3-48 works real well IIRC). Now you have rosette nuts.
  11. mkebaird
    Joined: Jan 21, 2014
    Posts: 337


    Agree with that! Early Corvettes had the VIN tag screwed to the steering column! When I bought my '60 basket case it didn't have a steering column. Some PO had pop riveted the tag to the door jamb. Fortunately the AAA inspector was too busy oohing & aahing over the car to worry about it. I know, I should have taken care of the paperwork before building the car. I did try once at the DMV shortly after I bought the car, but they just laughed, said it actually had to be a car, not a collection of parts! Speaking of AAA, it might be worth the $70 membership fee when you're going for a vin inspection if your state allows. And yes, the # on my frame matches the tag. I also cut a small hole in the floor under the driver seat so the stamped vin is accessible if needed.
  12. Lebowski
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 1,569


    I had a '56 Buick a couple of years ago that had been repainted. The guy had a new tag made with the serial number on it which was attached to the door jamb with Phillips screws. When I registered it the woman who came out to verify the serial number never said anything about it having screws instead of rivets. I guess I got lucky?

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