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Where's The #@&%* Vin Number on a 1947 Lincoln Convertible??

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Hello Fellas!! Does anyone know where the Vin Number on a 1947 Lincoln Convertible is?? I have to register it tomorrow 09/20/06 so I can have it painted!! Yipeeeeee. But that will not happen if I dont know where the vin Number is. Im sure the young ladies at the DMV know where to look. Plesae help ASAP Thanx Quisp 2005 quisp2005@yahoo.com

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I don't know where the "#@&%*" Vin is, but the *REAL* VIN appears in three places. The easiest one to find is on the left side of the front crossmember, right next to the motor mount. A liitle more difficult one to find is on the left rear frame rail near the gas filler neck. Less reliable is the one stamped on the upper part of the transmission bell housing. Not reliable because by this time, the transmission has probably been replaced with a VIN from another car.

The VIN should look something like the attached photo, but should begin with 7H

I wouldn't expect ANYBODY at DMV to have a clue where to look for the VIN on these cars!

Good Luck!

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GEE Thanx!! You're swell for giving me the tip. Now I can get the car registered and take it to be painted!! My dreams come true!! And all because of you!!I brought the convertible back to life>>>> And soon she will be back to her original Beauty!!Blood sweat and tears will b traded for laughs,good times, and top downs-convertible that is!! ;>) Thanx again DC

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Dear Phil,1 hour and 14 minutes!!!!!!you must be slowing down in your <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />old <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> age.diz <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

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Isn't there a number on the trunk lid as well, near the front edge (closest to the rear window)? Or is that an abreviated number?

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The number on the trunk lid on Continentals is the body number. Because there was a lot of hand made stuff in Continentals, the trunk lids are not necessarily interchangeable so the body number is stamped on the trunk lid.

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But the body # is not the VIN Phil, it really should be registered with the VIN, although my last '41 was registered with the body #, because it was so easy to see there on the firewall, go figure-

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Yeah, I know.

When I looked at the '41 Zephyr project car, John had a Nebraska title using the body number as the VIN. I showed him where the *REAL* VIN was and he was able to get the title re-isued with the correct VIN before I bought the car.

The body number tag is clearly marked "BODY NUMBER" but it still gets used as a VIN. "16H-76-181" looks pretty official to the casual observer though.

Stamping the VIN on the transission bell housing still seems like a REALLY STUPID place for it. What were they thinking?

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Actually the body number is a unique number specific to a single car. The number denotes the year,body style and sequence number and no two cars would have the same number. It isn't the official serial number however. Might be interesting to research why old Henry choose the clutch housing to stamp this number on. He had a reason for everything, I think?

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y guess is that is was a way to keep the cars in order coming down the assembly line, a quick glance at the bell housing would confirm that the correct parts were going on the appropriate car, just a guess, I don't know for sure, one major problem with using the body # for registration is that the body tag is just screwed on to the firewall, is easily removed, and does not appear anywhere else on the car that I know of, so a knowlageable car thief could easily switch body plates, and your car would suddenly be his, guess it would never happen, but it could

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I don't know where the "#@&%*" Vin is, but the *REAL* VIN appears in three places. The easiest one to find is on the left side of the front crossmember, right next to the motor mount. A liitle more difficult one to find is on the left rear frame rail near the gas filler neck. Less reliable is the one stamped on the upper part of the transmission bell housing. Not reliable because by this time, the transmission has probably been replaced with a VIN from another car.

The VIN should look something like the attached photo, but should begin with 7H

I wouldn't expect ANYBODY at DMV to have a clue where to look for the VIN on these cars!

Good Luck!

I found my VIN in this location, but the number is H117898. It does not begin with 7H. Is this because it is a 1941 and not post war?

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