Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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Being a Fremont build, the confidential is on top of the left rear frame rail where I previously noted it. Own several Fremont built Pontiacs, and have parted many many more '69-71 Fremont built A bodys and the confidential was always in that spot on top of the frame rail.
On the VIN attached to the dash, looking at the ends of it, are the heads of the special rosette (scalloped headed) rivets showing attaching the VIN plate? If the rivets on this '69 are just regular round alum headed pop rivets, you have serious problems. Have to go back to early '65 models to run across common round headed pop rivets used by GM on VIN plates. That style rivet was a real problem for theft prevention, and thus the special rosette headed rivets came into use.
The body tag (cowl tag) will not contain he VIN. The body style prefix, either 24237 (hardtop) or 24267 (GTO convert) should be stamped on it. The number after that, is the body number and will not match the VIN on the dash. There will be no confidential stamped on the cowl face under the heater box or AC box, as it a Fremont build.
Do you have access to an open car trailer? If it was mine, and I lived in CA, I'd pull the 3 body bolts mentioned, and if needed, loosen the front body bolt in the boxed area (torque box) near where the emergency brake cable comes out. That particular bolt, you can actually shoot some Kroil or PBS Blaster on before attempting to loosen the bolt from underneath the frame, the others you have to be very careful with I creep up on turning them to break loose with a near 2 1/2 foot long 1/2 drive flex head ratchet, very seldom does a bolt snap.
Next, with a block of wood on a floor jack, can carefully create a gap between the rear trunk pan and the rear frame rail. You will most likely need to temporarily remove the gas tank to be able to get your head and a mirror and flashlight in the right spot where you can scuff the top of the frame rail, then read the partial VIN stamped on top of the rear frame rail. Once you can read it, should be legible, the last 6 digits should match the last 6 digits of the VIN plate. You then can take the GTO on the trailer to CHP, or whoever is officially inspecting it for the DMV.