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Old 12-12-2003, 06:08 AM
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Originally posted by bigwildgrin
if it is decked is the number lost forever?

and along the same lines I just seen a engine stamping kit for sale in deals on wheals. that sounds kinda weird. is this legal? is there anyway to tell if this has been done and should a person care if it has?
The number is milled off (by a machine shop while surfacing the top of the block) ......for engine preparation or to HIDE THE WRONG NUMBERS........but the FBI has a process that reads the number 'down in the grain' of the block. Sort of like reading a phone number off a piece of paper that was written on the other previous sheet.

It is fairly common now in the Corvette world to restamp numbers. I believe this practice to be dishonest but that's me. It is a delibrate attempt to mislead and cheat someone......IMHO.

If I pay for a numbers matching original vehicle....thats what I expect to get.....NOT some vehicle with the wrong engine.....disguised as the real thing.......

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