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As I began to order a Marti report and replacement door tag, I discovered a quandary regarding the VIN for my 1973 Cougar XR7 Convertible. Based on multiple internet resources, there were either 60628 or 60629 Cougars made in 1973. But I seem to have number 62438.
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The VIN on the Dash metal tab is 3F94H562438. That very same 562438 number is also on the (attached) build sheet that I was fortunate to discover still in the vehicle. The number has also been used on the vehicle titles.
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Comparing the VIN to the Driver’s door tag is of no use. The previous owner told me that he had exchanged the driver’s door and after removing the interior door panels, I can clearly see that the original color of the driver’s door matches the door tag. <o:p></o:p>
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I have considered the possibilities that my car was assembled really, really early on a Monday morning after a very long weekend; or perhaps I have a secret prototype for a stealth ’73 Cougar. Any suggestions/ideas would be appreciated.<o:p></o:p>
 

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You'd have to remove one of the front fenders and there are VINs stamped on the top of the shock tower portion that is hidden by the fender. That is about the only other body VIN... Even the dashboard VIN is suspect since it is attached not to the body, but the dash pad filler panel. I still had the dash VIN for my '72 CJ 'vert until I sold the dash pad to another member here...

However, there is an engine VIN (that cannot be used for car title purposes) at the back of the engine block, driver's side, just below the cylinder head. The transmission likely has one stamped on the top of the main case, just forward of the tailshaft extension housing (can't see it when it is in the car, either...)...
 

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Thanks much for the quick reply. Once my car returns from Xmas vacation with the welding/restoration folks, I'll take a stab at finding the hidden VINs.
 

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I'd say the real question is if your internet info is correct about the number of cars built. Looks to me like the VIN is correct given that you have the matching build sheet to go with it. I suspect that the intel is wrong and there were more than your sources are telling you. The CTBN (Cougar By The Numbers) book could tell you, or maybe someone who has it will be kind enough to chime in.

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According to CBTNs, 73 XR7-CONVERT is right, there were a total of 60629 '73 Cougars built. Now looking in The Cougar & Mustang Tagbook on page 87, in 1973 VIN's on Cougars ranged from 500000 to 578500. John
 

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Interesting,

First I know that cars were not built sequentially by vin order. With that said is it possible that vins were assigned or reserved but where corresponding cars were not actually built?
 

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Gents,
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First -- thanks much for your insight, info, and suggestions. <o:p></o:p>
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My car VIN is correct and I now better understand how the VIN numbering actually works and am updating this thread to help others in the future.

I had assumed that a VIN was a sequential serial number and therefore you could not exceed the total production number.<o:p></o:p>
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I requested the Marti report and learned from Kevin that my 62438 was the 62438<SUP>th</SUP> vehicle scheduled for production at Dearborn. In other words, the VIN is not sequential production within only the car model; it is sequential production at the manufacturing facility. That explains how the 1973 Cougar VINs ranged from 500000 and went through 578500.
 

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According to CBTNs, 73 XR7-CONVERT is right, there were a total of 60629 '73 Cougars built. Now looking in The Cougar & Mustang Tagbook on page 87, in 1973 VIN's on Cougars ranged from 500000 to 578500. John
Was there a car #0 in 1973?
I know the very first* 67 Cougar was a # 1. Something like 7F91S500001

*First sold. I guess there were earlier test vehicles, prototypes, clay models, Cougar II, whatever.
 

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Was there a car #0 in 1973?
I know the very first* 67 Cougar was a # 1. Something like 7F91S500001

*First sold. I guess there were earlier test vehicles, prototypes, clay models, Cougar II, whatever.
I don't know if any started with #0. IMO, I don't believe so, I was just listing what was in TC&MT :). That is the correct VIN to Cougar #1(I wonder who owns #1, are they a member here :1poke:). John
 

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I think it's known here who has 00001. I don't know the name, but it is known by many people here. I don't know if he/she comes here. I know he/she was a CCOA member is the 1980s.
 

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I think it's known here who has 00001. I don't know the name, but it is known by many people here. I don't know if he/she comes here. I know he/she was a CCOA member is the 1980s.
Larry, I do know who owns Cougar #1 (Jim Pinkerton and yes he is a member here). I was just being humorous. :grin34: John
 
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