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Old 02-19-2009, 11:44 PM
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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.
Kimrey would have your hide if you associated him with VTCI! In the late '80s he took control of what was then VTCA's Kansas City chapter, the MoKan Vintage Thunderbird Club, renamed it Heartland Vintage Thunderbird Club of Amercia, and turned his local club into an independent "national" organization. Local VTCI members regrouped and formed the Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City in 1992, which today is a very strong chapter that I have been priveleged to been associated with over the years.

Over the years Kimrey piggybacked his parts business with Heartland while maintaining control of both, commingling advertising of his business and the club. By the mid-2000s he had turned over operation of the club to others in Ohio, eventually closed his parts business, sold off what parts he didn't want to keep for himself to Bob's Bird House, and had well over 200 parts cars crushed. He has focused on his apartment properties since then. As far as I am aware of Kimrey still lives in the Kansas City area and has a few cars, but he has been selling them off.

In late 2004-early 2005 Heartland as a national organization dissolved and its chapters were free to align with other national T-bird clubs. There are a handful of people in Kansas City that still hold claim to a Heartland club, but they have not affiliated with a national group.
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Exclamation Need more help locating VIN on Frame.

Hey guys. I have 2x 1959 Thunderbird project cars. One is missing the Data plate, and the other has one. I am wanting to verify the VIN's on my Titles to the cars. I tried going by the picture posted to see if I could find them, but to no luck. Can someone please take a picture or a video of their own to better help me find these?? Would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!

Also, what places can I go to, to have a Data plate made? I called one today, but they are not open until after the 20th of this month.

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Default The VIN Location

Here is the link to the company that will provide replacement Data Plates. I dont know if this is the one you called or not. You will find this information in the Technical Resource Library, along with the locations of VIN #' for you Tbirds. I am not sure you saw this example. In case you did not, here it is below.

"http://www.datatags.com/" Replacement Data Plates

Those are the only places, that I know of, where you can find your VIN # stamped into the car.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:57 AM
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Yeah, that is the place I called about getting a replacement Data plate, unfortunately they will not be open until after August 20th.

That is the picture I tried to go by, but did not have any luck. The engines are still in and I was trying to use a mirror like I saw someone had said to do in one of the other posts. Was hoping someone would have a photo from their actual vehicle they could link. or a video that shows where and how to hold the mirror to find it.
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Default The VIN location

Unfortunately, that is the only company that I know of who makes data plates. Others might know of another company(s). As for finding the VIN locations, it might be a matter of doing some heavy cleaning in those areas the VIN #'s are stamped into the metal. Then you might be able to see them better, and maybe get a mirror one those you cannot see directly. The locations that are out in the open might be covered up with paint. You may have to do some scraping to see them. I dont know if you want to do that or not.
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OK, no problems, I will just wait to see about a replacement Data plate when they reopen. Will get out to the cars (I keep both at a storage facility) with a brush of some kind and see if it will help any. Guess it would also be a good time to get some quotes on the body work both of them need, too, lol. Thanks.
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