Re: [DML] Hood vins?
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Re: [DML] Hood vins?



The problem with things like hoods and gas caps is that they are 
easily swapped between cars. I've heard of cases where original 
buyers asked the dealer to swap hoods from one type to another, dark 
for light wheels, etc. The dealers at the time didn't really care 
about the sanctity of VIN issues, they were trying to sell cars. I've 
also seen people recently swap hoods to get one type or another. 
Unless you've had the car from initial delivery, and can be 100% sure 
it was not on the other end of an earlier buyer asking the dealer to 
swap parts, anything can be on any car. 

There is also a factory bulletin referenced a few days ago that 
explains that the locking gas caps were to be "used until stock is 
depleted", even on non-flap hoods, so there is undoubtedly no 
accurate record of when that actually occurred. 

Dave Swingle



--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Jeff Angwin <jeff@xxxx> wrote:
> If, however, you look at the production chronology here: 
> http://www.dmcnews.com/faq/img/news/n_vinlst.pdf
> you will see that there is no clear delineation for when cars 
stopped 
> having flapped hoods installed.
> 
> For instance, according to the Concours manual, my car, VIN 3034 
should 
> have a flap, but it does not. Could it have been changed over after 
it 
> was sold? Maybe, but I have no service record of it in the files 
that 
> came with the car, and my car is not alone in it's range in not 
having a 
> flap. I think that the factory had both types for awhile in 
August '81, 
> and used whichever came up at the time.
> 
> ---Jeff---
> VIN 3034
> 
> 
> 
> Jonathan Minor wrote:
> > I was just wondering, does anyone know the vin # of
> > the last car that came with the gas flap? vin # of the
> > last car with grooves on hood?
> > Thanks
> > Jon Minor (no vin)
> >
> >







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