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replacing vin number and tag

I've stripped the car down to the bones, replaced all the sheet metal and now I need to reinstall the vin and tag. Do I need to just pop rivet the new vin and tag in or is there a more correct way? The car isn't even close to being original, LS, overdrive, fuel injected, 4 link etc, so I'm not worried about it being factory spec. However I don't want it to be a hack job.

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Re: replacing vin number and tag

VIN tag needs to go back in the original place. You used to be able to buy the original hollow rivets that the factory used on line. But I don't know if you can find them any more.

As to the cowl tag you can buy a custom stamped one that lists all of your options (even specifying an LS-x engine) if you want, As custom cowl tags are fairly common and it isn't illegal to remove, alter, or replace them the way it is with a VIN tag.

You where not kidding when you said you took it down to bare bones.

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Re: replacing vin number and tag

Most will tell you to weld in the cut out pieces.

I do not install the Cowl Tags on by Protour Smooth Firewall cars. Nobody has even asked. I give it to them with the rest of the docs when they buy the car.

The proper rosette and vin tag rivets all sold all over ebay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-1-Pair-N...te+Rivets.TRS0

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VIN tag needs to go back in the original place. You used to be able to buy the original hollow rivets that the factory used on line. But I don't know if you can find them any more.

As to the cowl tag you can buy a custom stamped one that lists all of your options (even specifying an LS-x engine) if you want, As custom cowl tags are fairly common and it isn't illegal to remove, alter, or replace them the way it is with a VIN tag.

You where not kidding when you said you took it down to bare bones.

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Yeah, I was thinking there were different style rivets to use. I saw another post about it a long time ago, but I can't find it. I'll look into it. I was going to butt weld it in place, but forgot. I have everything semi painted, I guess I still could on the vin. But since this is one of the most common rusted spots on these cars, it's got to be common thing to replace.


Didn't know that about the custom cowl tag, I over did the sand blaster on this one and it's hard to read. If I replaced it, I'd just want to go back with what it says now. It's nothing special, hell I don't even know if it's a V6 or V8 car.

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Re: replacing vin number and tag

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Most will tell you to weld in the cut out pieces.

I do not install the Cowl Tags on by Protour Smooth Firewall cars. Nobody has even asked. I give it to them with the rest of the docs when they buy the car.

The proper rosette and vin tag rivets all sold all over ebay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-1-Pair-N...te+Rivets.TRS0

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-67-69-C...itleDesc=0%7C0

thanks, rosette is the word I was looking for... Brain fart, couldn't remember what it was called.

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I used original style rivets on my 68 restoration...Turned out pretty good I think...

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Re: replacing vin number and tag

I found a thread on how to reuse the original rivets on the vin, those dudes are pricey. I'll buy some for the cowl tag once I figure out if I want to have it remade or reuse the one I have.

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I found a thread on how to reuse the original rivets on the vin, those dudes are pricey. I'll buy some for the cowl tag once I figure out if I want to have it remade or reuse the one I have.
On the VIN Tag the tag is attached to the plate that is then riveted to the dash. Once the dash pad is installed the rivets are not visible so in reality you can use a regular pop rivet.

Personally after all the work you've done what's another $50 for the proper fasteners?

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Re: replacing vin number and tag

The trim tag rivets can be pushed out from the backside while still leaving them neatly attached to the TT, then simply reinstall the TT. Most will drill, bend or otherwise destroy the rivets and/or the TT. New TT rivets are installed by simply using a tapered punch to flare the backsides. Too bad about the sandblasting damage. Your VIN interpretation is here: Camaro VIN, Cowl Tag, and other Numbers Decoding

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