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Old 03-15-2019, 05:23 PM
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Long story short it's a flood car and the windshield VIN tag is very hard to read. Is it possible to get a replacement tag? what is the procedure?
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I may be wrong, but I don't think that is possible.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:43 PM
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long story short it's a flood car and the windshield vin tag is very hard to read. Is it possible to get a replacement tag? What is the procedure?
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If the 'Certification Label' is still in tact on driver door and you snapshot or trace the VIN derivative on the left frame rail you should never have registration issues. Take a snapshot of the 'Certification Label' and maybe considewr getting a duplicate of that. $80 should accomplish that.

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Old 03-16-2019, 12:36 AM
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I'll bet a "Naval Jelly" bath would have that VIN plate looking good! (Google it!)

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Old 03-16-2019, 06:32 AM
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The vin tag on the dash of my 86 is in poor shape as well. I had often thought about removing it and using naval jelly on it and reinstalling it after clearing it once the jelly strips the thing back to bare metal and eats the rust away. Its worth a shot..
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The VIN is held on by a rivet, is it possible to put it back looking like factory?
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:39 AM
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You CANNOT LEGALLY DO IT on a car that requires a title. The only way (and they will likely tell you it's no longer available) is to take it to dealer (cringe) and have them pull the dash pad and install the new VIN plate they can order.
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Old 03-17-2019, 10:03 AM
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I know it is possible, the vin on the 55 is a freaking label from those metal punch label makers. But that was also done 25 years ago now. So who knows.

I would say just slide a piece of paper under there and try and rub a transfer of the numbers if the door tag is un readable. You can also pull most of the vin from the frame under the battery iirc.
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:42 PM
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Thanks all for you suggestions. I had an officer stop by the house on another matter he said he didn't think it would be a problem.
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Thanks all for you suggestions. I had an officer stop by the house on another matter he said he didn't think it would be a problem.

My 88 during hurricane 'whatever' in FL somehow got water into the VIN tag area. The whole area HELD the water, looked like a fishtank. Even after 2 months in the sun, water droplets were still present, and the tag rusted BAD.

I pulled windshield, fixed A pillar with POR 15, and removed VIN tag (be careful, they are very thin). Acid dipped it, and one coat of flat black made it look brand new. I riveted it back on and it looks factory.

That being said, as long as the tag is ORIGINAL to the car and matches the other many stampings on the frame (assuming someone would even bother to look), you are ok. It only becomes illegal if you change the VIN from another vehicle, and try to SELL the car - now you can get in trouble. Ive lived in multiple states, and never once had someone even verify the VIN tag condition, let alone if its even there...No big deal..Good luck
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what you getting Bob?
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