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.......