I've got a friend who bought a
Chevelle from out of California.
Calfiornia CHP must "verify" the vin before the car can be titled here.
My friend took the car to CHP office, they noticed the vin tag had the wrong rivets.
When the vin tag is suspect, they go to the "alternate vin" which on a Chevelle is on the left rear frame rail top.
There is about an inch room from the rail to trunk floor.
Anyway, the number there is not matching the door plate vin. 66 Chevelle had them on the door post.
They are now impounding the car and are researching if it's stolen or not.
the car was badged and had the trim plate and vin of an SS 396.
My friend didn't care if it was a "real" SS or not, just wanted that body look, badging, and engine.
Now he does not have a car and has a ton of problems. This was supposed to be his wife's car to replace one she owned years ago. Now she's VERY UPSET!
As you know, when the wife's not happy the hubby's not happy either!
This is the kind of mess that can happen when vin tags are swapped.
As far as I know vin swapping is illegal and you are commiting a crime if you do this.
They will issue a new vin tag to you if you don't have one. You do have to prove you own the car though.
You said you have the vin tag on the dash, but a 68 has the vin tag on the driver's door jamb.
It's a stainless steel tag, is this the one you have?
Also DMV wants a second proof of ownership like a previous registration or pink slip to register the car.
The cars vin is also stamped under the removable cowl panel in line with the heater core, and I think a second place. If the vin tag or rivets don't look correct, they will look at the second vin.
In the case of the Chevelle the car IS whatever year the frame is. That's what the cops say.
There is a 55 chevy running around that is titled as a 56 because it has a 56 frame!
Camaros don't have numbers on the subframe, so we miss out on that one.
I don't think there is anything illegal to do with the trim tag as long as it is disclosed when the car is sold.
If you sell the car I would make up a disclosure statement and get the buyer to sign it to prevent getting sued later.
My friend will have a good lawsuit going on the Chevelle if it isn't released from impound soon and cleared.
Check my web page for First Gen Camaro suspension info:
David's Motorsports page
First Gen Suspension Page
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[This message has been edited by davidpozzi (edited 04-25-2001).]