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    Hi everyone,

    I'm from Australia and posting on behalf of my computer illiterate uncle. My uncle owns a red 1963 Cruiser and is currently restoring it. His local road transport office has basically told him that because there was a gap in the registration, he cannot get the beast back on the road unless he can give them a VIN. It's my understanding that VINs weren't made mandatory until the 1980s which leaves old Phil in a spot of bother with his Cruiser.

    Is anyone able to advise where all the various numbers are located on a 63 Cruiser? Any assistance locating these would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Craig

    PS: I'll pester him for some photos and post em on here when I see him next. It's a really nice old car. Very original with just a few rust bubbles under the duco here and there, but it's 95% complete. I'm looking forward to seeing it back on the road.

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    The VIN would be the Serial Number located on a stainless plate spot welded to the driver's front door post.

    Well, driver's side (Left) in the States. Not sure which side in export models.
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    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10,
    '51 Commander Starlight,
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    • #3
      VIN is a modern term and has only been in use since 1981 (though many government and police officials don't seem to know that). It describes the 17-digit serial number used on modern cars. Before 1981, serial numbers were all different formats. Your uncle's car's serial number should begin with 63V or 63S.

      Skip Lackie
      Washington DC
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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies Gents. Most appreciated.

        I'll pass on the info and see if I get some pics off my uncle.

        Cheers,

        Craig

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