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Frame identification


Hey All. Another fun fact question. As you may have seen I have separated my body and frame. My borderline ocd has me wanting to match the number. I found code on the frame but it doesnt seem to match up to the service manual (see pics). Hayes is not mentioned. I did though find something on a chevelle forum about them being on 72 pontiacs. can Anyone help explain? Is it just that it is not the original frame?

- 1972 Pontiac Luxury LeMans (400)



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If I recall the last numbers of the VIN number are stamped on the top of the rear frame rail. If the frame has been changed the number wouldnt match. In the early 70s I had a hand on a frame swap on a 1972 Chevy pickup. The shop I was working at purchased a brand new frame for at the time a very reasonable price. It was a time consuming job because nothing was on the new frame. Installing all the little clips and speed nuts in the correct holes was a fiddelly job.

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Thanks Paul. Went back and light sanded a bit more (I had tried on the top yesterday but found nothing). Its faint but I found the stamp. And yes it matches my VIN. Alright OCD crisis averted smile. I put a pic. I try to enhance it a bit. Im sure it will be lost once I have the frame sandblasted.

anyone know of a way to preserve it? Can it (should it) be stamped back on?



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I dont see a problem with restamping the number. If the car is stolen, it would be a way to identify the car. These numbers stamped on the frame and body were originally meant to identify the parts on the assembly line. Law enforcement uses them to identify stolen cars that have had the VIN tags switched. Your firewall should be stamped below the round hole for the heater blower motor (non a/c) or where the bottom flange of the heater box touches the firewall (a/c car)

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When I did my frame off I used a heavy hammer and stamped my initials in 4 places as this not the original frame for identification if the need arises

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