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« on: September 10, 2007, 02:57:49 PM »

OK, I removed the cowl panel from my Camaro over the weekend to check out the Hidden VIN under it, and it took me 5 minutes to see it even though I was looking in the right place from the start. I finally saw it when looking at angle from the drivers side in front of the passenger wind shield washer nozzle. Even after cleaning it off, I could not make out the last digit, but all others were there and matched the windshield as expected. I was surprised to see how faint the stamping was. I suppose this is normal?

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2007, 04:19:03 PM »

I can see my hidden vin without any difficulty.  It's readable without removing the cowl panel.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2007, 05:02:22 PM »

I had a hard time reading mine on a 68 Z until the car was stripped down to bare steel. I have seen some deep and some very shallow digits.
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2007, 11:00:29 PM »

Interesting, When I removed the Cowl Panel for some detailing in the 90's I noticed that the cowl VIN was stamped and Chipped the original orange (1969 LOS pace car) paint. I think that was an indicator of an untouched cowl. A lot of times it seems the cowl tops have be restored to a point of filling in the stampings. Grin
Necessitating digging to find the impressions from the stamping.

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2007, 10:33:45 AM »

Interesting, When I removed the Cowl Panel for some detailing in the 90's I noticed that the cowl VIN was stamped and Chipped the original orange (1969 LOS pace car) paint. I think that was an indicator of an untouched cowl. A lot of times it seems the cowl tops have be restored to a point of filling in the stampings. Grin
Necessitating digging to find the impressions from the stamping.

Jim

Correct - the hidden VIN numbers were stamped in the Trim Shop, after the body was painted.
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2007, 10:31:49 PM »

John,
Weren't they stamped after the trim shop, in the body bank?

Either way, it was after paint. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007, 10:48:41 AM »

John,
Weren't they stamped after the trim shop, in the body bank?

Either way, it was after paint. Smiley

Yup, in the Camaro plants, it was stamped in the Chevrolet body schedule bank just "up the hill" from the Fisher Trim Shop.
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007, 04:30:41 PM »

I have yet to ever find either of my 67 bb hidden vins. My car has been stripped of all paint etc.. and all panels removed.
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2007, 08:17:14 AM »

Just for added info, here's what the VIN on my car looks like.

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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2007, 12:28:43 AM »

That's cool,I didnt even see that on my car (68 RS/SS).I went out to the garage and by god there it was.Is there any other ones beside that one and the one that stamped near the heater blower fan hole?
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2007, 05:51:28 PM »

That's cool,I didnt even see that on my car (68 RS/SS).I went out to the garage and by god there it was.Is there any other ones beside that one and the one that stamped near the heater blower fan hole?

Nope - just those two, plus the ones on the engine and transmission.
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