Also I am looking for the VIN to be stamped on the engine, trans, and rear axle to indicate a numbers matching car correct? Yes, for the exception of the rear axle. What you are looking for is your cars partial VIN #’s on the engine and trans. Example; my cars VIN # is 124379L512040. So, if you look at my engine and transmission stamps the partial VIN #’s are 9L512040 which are stamped on both. Most important here…I want to see the engine pad! I want to know if it’s been decked and re-stamped to match the cars VIN. So its essential that you get a good pic of the pad. We can give you that information here.
As for the rear axle, there isn’t a partial VIN but the numbers/letters will tell you several things. Axle Ratio, 12/10 bolt, place of manufacture, and most important, when it was manufactured. This will give you clues as to whether or not it is a born with rear end.
This is a Norwood car, but it is about two weeks before the x codes were used and there is no paper work. So my understanding to KNOW that it is a real SS is for the numbers to match with the BBC in it. Yes on the X-code and no on the SS. There are several clues on the body/frame that will tell you if the car is an SS. The drivetrain numbers matching the VIN is my only real concern at this time and the general condition of the car instead of just looking at pictures so far.
Assuming it is correct until I can go see it in person the next couple of days and verify, what is your opinion of the general condition of the car, would you buy it, No I wouldn’t buy it. Not based on photographs alone. I would be doing the same exact thing I am asking you to do. I want to touch it, feel it, and verify the numbers first hand. Then once all the numbers have been verified, I would hire someone like Jerry to give his final blessings on the car. I am not qualified to give you an appraisal but he certainly is. and a general range of values you would expect to pay for this car. Since I have never owned one of the cars before, please comment or give your opinion. Any help you give is much appreciated.