Jun 11th, 05, 11:12 AM
Forgive my stupidity but is is possible for a guy to refurbish the interior of a burnt car that was he claims an SS and in the process change the VIN on the car from an old scrapped car that had a VIN from a 6 cylinder camaro.
Jun 11th, 05, 11:52 AM
Sure, it's possible. If the V8 VIN burned up in the fire, and he had a good 6 cylinder VIN and title lying around, it would probably be easier to use the 6 cyl VIN than get a replacement VIN from the state DMV. That's pretty unlikely though.
Have you looked for the hidden VINs yet? One is fairly easy to see, on the top of the passenger side cowl under the vents. You can usually see it through the vent with a flashlight. It is stamped in, but sometimes enough moisture accumulates over the years and gets trapped between the panels that the cowl top rusts a little, obscuring this VIN. It can also be ground off.
The other hidden VIN is on the firewall under the engine compartment side of the heater box, directly beneath the hole for the blower motor. You'd have to have the heater box out to see it, and that means the passenger side fender and/or inner fender needs to come off.
Here's what the second hidden VIN looks like on my 69 (they are upside down, so you have to be able to think upside down).
I think it is more likely than not that if you check the hidden VIN, that they match the dash top and you find the car started life as a 6 cylinder.
Jun 12th, 05, 02:01 PM
Thank you Ill check it out
Jun 12th, 05, 02:08 PM
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It's possible to do what you described, since they are easily removed from one car and put on another. Is it legal? Absolutely not.
It's more likely the car was a 6 cylinder that someone bought cheap, slapped a V8 in it and is trying to make a few extra dollars selling it as an SS. If it has a 6 cylinder VIN, pay 6 cylinder prices.
Jun 12th, 05, 06:12 PM
Well if it is, it's mine and Ill fix it up. The car is in need of repair and the interior couldnt be better. So I have a good start. The fire story maybe somewhat true and that would explain the fire story. Ill clone it and keep it for a daily driver. I have a 383 stroker being built and it will fit great in the car. Ill post some pics when it is done. Ill pass on the swamp property.
I may have been fooled this time but it wont happen again. I dont think Im the first either.... Live and learn!