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minimarc Bob Marcum
BREVARD, North Carolina, USA   USA
I want to have a new VIN plate for my restoration project. The original one is looking pretty bad. A blank late is available from various sources but has anyone had one stamped with the correct size and style of data? If so, how and where?

Since it will not be the original plate I realize that I will need to re-attach the original with the screws on sale of the car.

Thanks!



Bob Marcum

1959 Bugeye
1960 Morris Minor Tourer
Ex vintage Mini racer



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-07-04 04:23 PM by minimarc.

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0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
I doubt there is a "Correct"
punch for the job Bob.

I think Bert simply bashed
the numbers on the plate
as the car came along the line.

The trick is to fit the new
plate over the old plate.

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66jalopy Silver Member Phillip Jolliffe
Lake City, FL, USA   USA

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John in Eugene Gold Member John Quilter
Eugene, Oregon, USA   USA
Thanks for this link. I'm investigating getting some replacement engine number plates for my two Minors since they are missing. I wonder if they will supply them punched with the numbers I supply them without registration documentation. We do not register cars in Oregon by engine number only by VIN. Also, anyone had success drilling out the remains of the rivet that holds them to the block deck?

John F. Quilter
Eugene, Oregon USA

In reply to # 24638 by 66jalopy http://www.retrominisltd.co.uk try these people.

0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
I think they aren't rivets John.
I think they are a type of self
tapping screw you hammer in.

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usmh3 Rob Thomas
Cardiff, Wales, UK   GBR
Very hard material to cut/file'drill. Dremel a groove in and maybe it will unscrew if you are VERY lucky.


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0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
Do you know the correct name for them please Rob?

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usmh3 Rob Thomas
Cardiff, Wales, UK   GBR
Smacky-whacky-one-way-only rivets?

I'll ty to find out tonight.

Rob

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usmh3 Rob Thomas
Cardiff, Wales, UK   GBR
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66jalopy Silver Member Phillip Jolliffe
Lake City, FL, USA   USA
They are easily removed before you chop their heads off. Just take a sharp cold chisel and a few taps to screw them out. I did mine 5 years ago. Dealer did it on a regular basis back in the 60's to avoid changing # on paperwork.

0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
Thanks Rob thumbs up

I followed your link and came up with
"Hammer Drive Round Head Screws "

0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
May I suggest you glue your new
plates on to the head please John?

And then glue round heads on?

In reply to # 24653 by John in Eugene Thanks for this link. I'm investigating getting some replacement engine number plates for my two Minors since they are missing. I wonder if they will supply them punched with the numbers I supply them without registration documentation. We do not register cars in Oregon by engine number only by VIN. Also, anyone had success drilling out the remains of the rivet that holds them to the block deck?

John F. Quilter
Eugene, Oregon USA

In reply to # 24638 by 66jalopy http://www.retrominisltd.co.uk try these people.

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John in Eugene Gold Member John Quilter
Eugene, Oregon, USA   USA
Yes, I'm thinking that might be the best way to go. On one car the domed heads are still there, on the other car they were machined off flat so trying to unscrew them is problematic. Maybe just a thin bead of J B Weld would hold them in place well enough.

John F. Quilter
Eugene, Oregon USA

In reply to # 24666 by 0123 May I suggest you glue your new
plates on to the head please John?

And then glue round heads on?

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66jalopy Silver Member Phillip Jolliffe
Lake City, FL, USA   USA
You might get lucky with a left hand drill bit, if it bites it will turn the screw out.

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These are quite easily removed, even if the heads have been ground off. I've done it numerous times. As Rob already suggested, use a Dremel to create a screwdriver slot and then "unscrew" them. It the heads are missing, drill a pilot hole and use an "EZ-OUT". If you wrench on cars, you should have both of these available in your toolbox.

Clarkes Spare will engrave/emboss chassis plates with the correct font, but you do have to provide official proof of original VIN, chassis or engine numbers.

http://www.clarkespares.com



Gerard

http://gerardsgarage.com/

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