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Old May 22nd, 2013, 11:32 AM
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Chassis VIN Stamp

I had my NAS chassis galvanized and the process seems to have filled in my VIN stamp. Is it possible to remove the galvanized coating up on the horn to make it visible again? Perhaps heat? Any thoughts on how this could be done or if it is really even possible?
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 11:56 AM
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You could torch it and wire brush the zinc off.. But definitely get some sort of corrosion protection on there after!
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 11:58 AM
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You could torch it and wire brush the zinc off.. But definitely get some sort of corrosion protection on there after!
With a torch, not all of the galvy will come off. Unless you need to show someone, I would just leave it as it will protect the numbers and you can always torch it off later.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 11:31 PM
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With a torch, not all of the galvy will come off. Unless you need to show someone, I would just leave it as it will protect the numbers and you can always torch it off later.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 09:16 AM
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Look up muriatic acid. never did it myself but I heard it works.
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Just borrow some stamp dies and put it back on over the galv.
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Just borrow some stamp dies and put it back on over the galv.
Careful what state you do that in.
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Sorry, to be more clear. Don't stamp it OVER the original VIN, just in another location. If you ever need to 'prove' the one covered in galv is the 'original' then you can uncover it.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 10:50 PM
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I would just call your local DMV and ask them what you should do. More then likely they will send someone out to look at it, and probably rest amp it for you. Just a thought, I learned the hard way! You should really get them involved mostly for a paper trail to help if any issues do come up.
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It's NAS not personal import. Calling in a state official would likely cause trouble.
Do nothing.
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Look up muriatic acid. never did it myself but I heard it works.
When I had my bulkhead done, the first dip didn't look to good, so the guys put it back in the acid bath and it all came right off.
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It's NAS not personal import. Calling in a state official would likely cause trouble.
Do nothing.
Read your state VIN tampering laws and follow them. Some explicitly provide for replacement or repair of parts that contain VINs by the owner. Some explicitly prohibit re stamping of VIN and require the highway patrol to do that. Some limit issues to fraud. In my state the law require you have "the VIN" so the one on the windscreen should be sufficient. If you do not have to involve the DMV I would not. Their default seems to be to call it a kit car which on a NAS could be an expensive occurance.
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It's NAS not personal import. Calling in a state official would likely cause trouble.
Do nothing.
It doesn't matter if its an import! Any time you tamper with a Vin whether foreign or domestic if you go through the right procedures them you cover your ass. Out of sight out I mind is what f'd me on a classic jeep build. I boxed the original frame, and when the DMV went to authenticate it it was a night mare. This is an interesting situation, my Rare CJ6a was given a kit car title because of the work I did on the frame. If I had known all I had to do was have an investigator come out I would have. On the other hand you already have a title so I don't know what they could do if anything at all. I am just sharing my experiences with frame restorations.
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