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Username Post: vin tag reproduction..?        (Topic#78080)
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10-16-04 02:06 AM - Post#531910    

hey guys!
i wonder if there is someone who reproduces the vin tags for impalas? my vin tag for example is very scratched. would be great to get a "new" one.

can anyone help?


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Re: vin tag reproduction..?
10-16-04 03:56 AM - Post#531911    
    In response to Set-it-Off

Sorry Alex, I don't know of anyone reproducing the correct style original VIN tag. Mainly because of the opportunity for fraud. The cowl tags under the hood are being made, though they are pricey, and look very accurate.

You might try restoring the original if the scratches aren't too deep. It's made of stainless steel. If I were you I would make a clear rubbing of it and take clear pictures of it before attempting to restore it, in case something happened to it.

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Re: vin tag reproduction..?
10-19-04 06:06 PM - Post#531912    
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Yeah, my title document is a little faded and frayed around the edges, but I'm not going to replace it. (Laugh) Here in the States I've been told it is a "Federal offense" to tamper with a VIN tag. When you say scratches, do you mean scuff-marks from a previous paint job? Or someone put a grinding wheel to it and obliterated the characters? I'd leave it alone. Restore everything else perfectly on the car but don't touch the tag. Trying to "improve it" may make it look even more suspicious.

I wouldn't buy a car without a title nor a legitimate looking VIN. Not worth the hassle! Just last month there was a car listed on the big auction site: the picture showed a '62 Hardtop (SS, no less) but the VIN described a '62 Bel Air 4-door sedan...Run away! Buyer Beware!


Re: vin tag reproduction..?
10-20-04 01:52 AM - Post#531913    
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..., and look very accurate.

The Cowl Tag reproductions "do look pretty good". The biggest issue I can see with them is the font size is incorrect. May not be noticeable to the untrained eye - but quite EYE POPPING when you compare to an original.

Anyone contemplating changing their Cowl Tag ought to be aware of this. It gets rather bloody on the judging field if someone with a jaundiced eye is on their mission....

Last week, I watched a '67 Corvette get destroyed - as the judge id'd a reproduction cowl tag. The owner was not a happy camper - as he bought the car - he didn't restore it.

Shame - because at first glance it appeared to be a real sweetheart of a car...


Re: vin tag reproduction..?
10-20-04 02:53 AM - Post#531914    
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Only your state DMV can issue replacement VIN plates BUT they will not be in the same format. They will issue a different plate but only after the car is deemed to be legit. I would not touch the VIN tag not matter what. [B]DO NOT REMOVE IT OR REPLACE IT[/B]. You will immediately cast doubt on the originality of the car. If its a desirable SS, it will be assumed to have been a faker. May not bother you but if you should ever sell the car its could be construed by future owners that you did something illegal.

I found a similar discussion at a Corvette site. Its dealt with fake body tag and P-O-P'S.

Here is a interesting snippet from the discussion..

The best-known guy who reproduces trim tags and P-O-P's got a knuckle sandwich right on the Gold Judging field at Bloomington last June from an owner who had bought both from him (he had color-changed the car and needed fake tags to make it look correct); the judges called the trim tag as fake, the owner presented the P-O-P to back up the trim tag, and they called that as a fake too. The car was disqualified from judging (with no refund of the $400 judging fee), the owner demanded his money back he had paid to the tag-faker (who had "guaranteed they'd pass judging"), the tag-maker refused, and a fistfight ensued, right in front of everyone on the judging field. When the dust settled, the tag-maker left in an EMS unit, and the car owner was out about $1,000 between the judging fee and the fake tags. So much for repro trim tags and P-O-P's for judging.
:cry :nopity :nono: :skep: :banghead: :withstupid: :lolg:


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Re: vin tag reproduction..?
10-20-04 01:36 PM - Post#531915    
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OK, I'll bite.... what is a "P-O-P" ?


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Re: vin tag reproduction..?
10-20-04 01:54 PM - Post#531916    
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Re: vin tag reproduction..?
10-21-04 11:35 AM - Post#531917    
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... reproduces trim tags

There are only two people repopping these tags that I know of.
Without mentioning any names - only one of them "is good at it" - and its not the name mentioned in this post.

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