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VIN tag restoration

I stupidly left the VIN tag on the firewall when I had the car blasted.
Of course it's now beat up.

Does anyone offer replacement VIN tags? Or is restoration possible? I thought I saw a post about this, but could not find it when I searched.
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That sucks man, I've never heard about a VIN tag restoration or reproduction, though I am far from an expert.

I found this just googling around TRIMTAGS.COM maybe they can help.

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$235 for them to send me a new tag. I may just have to decline that and stick with my eaten up one. dang.
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They don't do VINs anyway, just data tags. Apparently, they will put anything you want on those tags except changing it from a Lemans to a GTO, etc..... They will change the codes for the color, options etc.... Wouldn't that be fun trying to figure it out why the data tag doesn't match PHS..... You do have to provide proof that it really is a GTO or whatever b/4 a tag is made. They wont change the "Style" numbers....



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Idea? Remove the tag and stamp it from the backside. You can find metal stamping dyes at like Harbor Freight.
Lay the tag upside down. Mask tape it and lay out all numbers letters backwards then lightly stamp it with the tag on a hardwood.

If there are partial letters and numbers remaining try and sand them flush or use a fender mallet and flatten it.
Any kind of irregularities when completed perhaps spray paint the tag then take steel wool to lighly buff the raised letters and numbers.
If the tag is discolored bad and you want the metal look maybe paint it with an aluminum color.

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If I were in the market for a Judge, I would much rather it had the original shabby looking VIN tag in place and unmolested than a new tag with new rivets. I would leave it alone and not worry about it. Or, get the replacement tag and keep it with the car, but leave the original in place. If the Judge I was looking at had had the original vin tag removed and repaired, and then re-attached, I would be very suspicious of the car (not knowing the seller). I vote to leave it be.
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with GeeTee, original is always better, once you start playing with tags it raises red flags, especially on something rare like a Judge. If it were a concourse restoration then maybe i would consider it, as they are supposed to look factory fresh
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Idea? Remove the tag and stamp it from the backside. You can find metal stamping dyes at like Harbor Freight.
Lay the tag upside down. Mask tape it and lay out all numbers letters backwards then lightly stamp it with the tag on a hardwood.
Don't do that...

In order for this to work you would have to find reversed number/letter stamps. These are not available at HF, to my knowledge.

When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
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Assume you are talking about the data plate on the firewall. I'm with Geeteeohguy and Instg8ter...just leave it, if it is even remotely legible it's better than explaining a replacement tag. If in fact you are talking the VIN, I thought I had read some posts on this forums and others about the legality of tampering with VIN tags (?).

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Thanks for the feedback.

This all brings up another question-

I'll have the entire car repainted, do I just paint around the tags? Or pop them off for the paint job?
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