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Old 05-05-2003, 04:09 PM
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The VIN plate is missing on my 59 Thunderbird. I was told that the VIN is stamped on the inside of one of the wheel wells but I can't find it. Can anyone tell me where on the wheel well it's stamped.

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The VIN number is stamped on the inside edge of the fender that is covered by the hood when closed. It is also on top the cross member under the engine. You will need a mirror to see that one.

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Could you give me a exact location on the edge of the fender and which fender? I couldn't find it on either fender or the cross member.
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Old 05-08-2003, 06:53 PM
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These are the exact locations of the 1958-60 VIN numbers. This information is from the book Ask The Bird Doctor Concours Perfect Series Vol I by Don Kimrey which has a wealth of information. You can get the book from Bob's Bird House http://www.bobsbirdhouse.com/.

There is some variation through the years where the VIN number was placed. Even within the year 1959 the locations changed. I remember seeing the number on the crossmember of my 1959 when I pulled the engine many years back.

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Thank you very much for your help. It was on the frame by the right A arm. My Car now has a past and a new future!
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You can get a new data plate made up for your car. They do reproduce them.

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Back in 2003, Alexander recommended the Bird Doctor's book. By chance I got one last week, was impressed with it's content and searched the forum for any reference to it.

I received Volume 1, does anyone know of more volumes and what became of Don Kimrey. Volume 1 was published in 1998, Don was part of the Heartlands VTCI chapter and had quite a collection of restored cars in addition to a scrapyard full of them, similar to to the guy in Wisconsin
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Barry, now that you have a VIN# for your bird, you may want to consider emailing John Rotella with the Thunderbird Registry and letting him know the # so he can add your bird to the Registry. His direct email is john@tbirdregistry.com

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Hi Ken,

I looked at my latest VTCI Scoop and there is no listing for the Heartlands VTCI Chapter. I looked for Don Kimrey's name in the various listings to no avail. Then I got out my VTCI Roster & Bylaws CD, went down through every state trying to find him listed. I did not find his name listed in the roster. Sorry I could not come up with some information for you.
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Ray, Thanks for looking, I'll take a second look tonight to ensure I have the info correct.
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