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It’s just a small block and the VIN MIGHT now be in a re-bodied XR7-G !!
Here’s the story…in or around 1985 in Oklahoma I was searching for 68 Cougar parts and I responded to an ad about a gentleman selling some parts. When I went to check it out he had bought a totaled XR7G from a salvage place that looks like it had been hit by a train or something. The passenger side of the car was completely wiped. The guy selling knew he had some rare parts left on the car so that’s the reason he had bought it. On that day I bought the complete 302 J code and C4 set up. I also purchased the SS wheels. I left the front valance, perfect console, etc……(in hindsight I should have bought that and left the other stuff…LOL…youthful mistake)
Fast forward about 2 years and I go back to purchase the rest. I find the car completely stripped with the VIN numbers on the front left engine compartment cut out and everything GONE from the car. I understand the car is registered.
Royce…since it might be rebodied…do you want me to just send you the VIN via PM?
I still have the engine and transmission set up with the VIN stamped on the block. Or do you think anyone would care at this point?
 

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I'm sure Royce would be interested in the VIN as well as I would too since I own a J-code G car. What color was the G car you have the motor and tranny out of?
 

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I'm sure the current owner would be interested in the original engine and trans. No matter if the car was reborn under new sheet metal it's cool to have it's original drivetrain parts. Current owner may be interested in the VIN tag snafu as well. I though the 68 cars just had the VIN tagged to the dash area of the car? And not stamped into the left side apron ala 67.
 

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Actually the 68's (at least the ones I have owned) were stamped on both sides of the fender aprons its just you can't see them without removing some fender bolts and prying up the fender.
 

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The VIN stamped on the block is 8F575489...I don't remember the original color of the car but *think* it was burgundy...but it was soooo long ago...
 

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Thanks Chris, that puts my mind at ease. That VIN dosen't match any of the 3 J-code G's I have or have owned in the past.
 

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Wow that's one heck of a story. I hope if the G that this engine came out of has been rebodied. I just hope the current owner knows the complete history if this car has been put together under new sheet metal as is back on the road.
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Why is the VIN so short and have no letter for an engine code? Does the VIN stamped on an engine not include the 3rd 4th and 5th digits/letter from the normal VIN and just have the first digit for the year, letter in the #2 spot, and then the part of the full VIN that comes after the body and engine codes?
 

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Maybe the reason could be a simple as there is not enough room for all the digits and letters as the photo below shows on a C-4 tranny.

 

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Why is the VIN so short and have no letter for an engine code? Does the VIN stamped on an engine not include the 3rd 4th and 5th digits/letter from the normal VIN and just have the first digit for the year, letter in the #2 spot, and then the part of the full VIN that comes after the body and engine codes?
That is enough information to make the engine unique. It gives you the year, plant and sequence number.

That is now what is used as the last 8 in the standardized 17 digit vin.
 
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