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Old May 3rd, 2016, 12:32 AM
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Importing a 110 - help!

Hey all - urgent query

A buddy is importing an early 110 into the US. The car is original spec and meets Customs requirements. It's on the boat to the East Coast right now.

However he has just run across a problem. He has been told the VIN number needs to be in TWO places on the truck - 1. On the frame and 2. On the brake booster

He only has the VIN in one place - on the frame. So he is now panicking thinking the vehicle will be impounded or worse.

He has been told there is a company in the UK who can provide a plate that will show the VIN number in the correct place. Does anyone know of such a company?

Or is this panic over nothing and will a VIN on the frame be enough?

Sorry - weird question I know

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Old May 3rd, 2016, 05:25 AM
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Not sure of a company that produces vin plates. In fact that's dodgey and I highly doubt cbp wouldn't be suspicious of a new vin plate. Even if he got it in time he can't exactly walk into the port and screw it on.

I'd say take your chances. If it doesn't work ship it back.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 05:28 AM
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See if it's had a new brake booster fitted (it only bolts on with 6x bolts), they may have thrown it away!

Careless, but it's been done before.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 05:30 AM
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See if it's had a new brake booster fitted (it only bolts on with 6x bolts), they may have thrown it away! Careless, but it's been done before.
he says its already on the boat. I mean I'm not sure what he thinks can be done in transit
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 05:40 AM
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He needs to engage professionals not a bunch of random people on the internet. You might be better asking for recommendations for professionals to consult. Probably listening to random people on the internet is what got him into the predicament he's facing.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 05:58 AM
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Contact Uncle Douglas on the board.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 06:04 AM
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It's all a moot point. It's either in or out. Aside from who collects the vehicle I'm not sure there is a lot that can be done to a car in transit. At the end of the day one guy gives you the go ahead or a bunch of them scratch their heads over it and send it for further review. Random people or no might as well give it a shot
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 06:19 AM
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I would check with Will Hedrick on this one, but nothing can be physically done if it is on the ship. Too little too late...
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 06:35 AM
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Nothing says 'seize me' quite like a brand new VIN plate on a 25 year old vehicle ... and why are people always asking questions on behalf of 'friends' ...
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Nothing says 'seize me' quite like a brand new VIN plate on a 25 year old vehicle ... and why are people always asking questions on behalf of 'friends' ...
http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/in...69-values-rise
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 07:14 AM
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and why are people always asking questions on behalf of 'friends' ...
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It's not just here. It's on all forums. I don't get it either.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 07:16 AM
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does this qualify as one of the more interesting first posts by a new member?
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 07:48 AM
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does this qualify as one of the more interesting first posts by a new member?
The best are the 'My 'friend' just imported a defender from Spain ... and they are wondering why it has leaf springs'
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 08:00 AM
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Too late to hire Uncle Doug. Its already on the boat. But sending Will H a retainer might not be a bad idea. He's worth every penny. Threads like this remind me of those BLR threads where people would come here crying that they have send tens of thousands of dollars over to BLR and got nothing in exchange.

I'm hoping it will work out ok in the end. It's certainly a new twist in the import saga.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 09:15 AM
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On an unrelated matter, does anyone have a Leyland logo punch?
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There is more than just the VIN in 2 places that they check for, however that is a big one. Me thinks that truck is getting sent home or crushed.
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fwiw many trucks don't have a vin in either place.
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fwiw many trucks don't have a vin in either place.
Will CBP really let a truck in without VIN's on the booster and frame?

NHTSA has been busting chops about a frame VIN not being clear enough with some undercoating on an otherwise stock truck.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 04:53 PM
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Depends on if the factory put them there or not.
Most trucks built for the MOD have no chassis VIN stampings.
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