I ended up looking at an advertised "SS 396", only to find out that the seller himself had been duped when he bought the car 10 years ago. I was pretty close to buying this car, so my caution has increased with each car that I look into. The latest is an advertised 2nd owner SS 396. I have attached the pictures that I have questions about.
1) something seems to be weird with the cowl tag rivets...all of the things listed on the tag do seem to match the car though.
2-4) The dash VIN, engine partial VIN, and protecto plate VIN are all the same. My concern is, the original sales receipt has the words written on it "Serial Number", and then a valid 68 VIN that is not the same as all of the others.
Can anyone explain this? Everything else seems to match on this car, although I am waiting to hear back about the transmission and rear axle codes.