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 Posted: Apr 26, 2022 06:15PM
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Bit hard to tell from the photos. Doors show it to be a Mk I or II... The width of the rear window will differentiate between these two. MkIs have a rear window which is the same width as the boot lid. When viewed from behind the edges of the rear window line up vertically above the edge of the boot lid. The Mk II came with a wider rear window ... noticeably wider than the boot lid when viewed from directly behind.

They also changed the style of the tail lights but installation of the new lights was a popular ..and fairly common mod back in the day.

The photographed number on bonnet slam panel looks like a reproduction commission number ... I say “reproduction” because CMs should start with 25 ..not 2S as shown....

You *might* find the chassis number (usually number only with no prefix) stamped in the gutter at the back of the engine bay. Maybe look underneath of the gutter as you may be able to see the reverse impression of the stamping whereas the actual stamping on top has been filled with paint and is no longer visible. Some cars may have this number stamped on the top of the triangular brace ant the back of the inner wing.

As far as I can see, BMC et al didn’t stamp numbers on the body itself (comment above with standing). Body, chassis, commission and engine numbers were all stamped onto plates which were then screwed, rivettted or spot welded onto the body.

I’ve not heard of chassis numbers on the floor. Although, both my Mk Is have “F” number plates welded on the right hand floor pan (RHD side) ... which are different from the FE numbers above the rad shroud.

If I was you, rather than use a fake plate, I’d stamp the number into the gutter, rub the area back and tell the inspection station that this is where a lot of cars had the number and that you’ve taken the trouble to make it easy for them to read....

Cheers, Ian

 Posted: Apr 25, 2022 09:51PM
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One last place to check:  On some cars (my previous '67, for example) had the VIN stamped in the passenger footwell.  It's worth pulling back the carpet and checking...

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 Posted: Apr 25, 2022 06:26PM
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Probably the previous owners changed absolutely everything in the car.  

 Posted: Apr 25, 2022 01:26PM
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Boxweed made me a plate last year,

 
   

Yes, I’m still doing them.  The web host we were using went out of business and we can no longer access the site.  Our address has changed anyway.

 

You will need to send me the following:

 

  1. Blank tag and a drawing or picture of exactly what you want on it, as I think Midgets have more than just the VIN on the tag, correct?
  2. $20 cash
  3. Self-addressed stamped envelope for me to return it to you
  4. Copy of Title or Registration or Bill of Sale to keep in my records

 

Send above to me at:

 

Bob Wiedemeyer

636 Petersville Rd.

Brunswick, GA, 31525

 

Regards,

Bob

 

 Posted: Apr 23, 2022 07:34PM
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Dr Mini sorry   I could Not open the link.  looks like MK2.  what is the guy in south georgia. that does the reverse stamping for $20  .. Boxweed?? he was the late Big Al Guest buddy.. 

 Posted: Apr 23, 2022 06:00PM
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Looks like a 68 to me. Have a new VIN plate stamped and press on.

"Retired:  No Job, No Money, Wife and I!  Will travel anywhere for Minis"

 Posted: Apr 23, 2022 02:05PM
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Markd95... might post side photo of the car and the engine.. bay..  I could help you more with these photos.. 

 Posted: Apr 23, 2022 12:27PM
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Thanks for the replies. On the wiper motor - DR3A 34 70. There is also this stamped plate on the slam panel (photo below), guessing this is the commission no?

https://ibb.co/gZGvvkL - 2S082345M

 Posted: Apr 23, 2022 11:18AM
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Looks like MkII  or later taillights... Has the extra knobs as part of door handles (post Jan '66). Dates on the wiper motor and trunk latch?
I am a '67 (most likely)  titled as a '63  so I feel your pain.
Kim 

 Posted: Apr 23, 2022 07:25AM
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PhatHeadDonnie - Pretty sure it's a 68 or at least not a 64 that the title says it is. VIN on there says A-A2S7L...meaning it's titled as a Mk1 Austin according to here. 

Photos:
https://ibb.co/k830vGg
https://ibb.co/126qJPw

 Posted: Apr 22, 2022 05:26PM
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markd95/ kermy.. is your mini a true 1968?? does it have ten inchers with external hinges??  photo would help to identify  the real year ect.. 

 Posted: Apr 22, 2022 01:48PM
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It should be on the top of the radiator surround, not the inner fender. Since you can prove you are the owner. you can buy a stamped VIN plate from Mini Mail (and other suppliers).

 Posted: Apr 22, 2022 11:04AM
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Hello,

Hoping I can get some help here. I recently bought a 1968 Mini with a South Carolina title which has the VIN on it, but I cannot find it anywhere on the car. There is no plate on the slam panel or inner wing. Will it be stamped somewhere in the engine bay or body? Thanks.

https://ibb.co/8bprgyG