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Surprised!!!!! Q code mach 1
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After waiting five months my mach 1 finally arrived, the car was imported as an F code mustang which is what the Vin on the dash is, I purchased a Marti report but was confused as the original colour was not correct to the original color that was evident behind the back seats, anyhow did some more searching and found the Buck Tag which shows the car as being a Q code Mustang, I purchased a Marti Report and found that the colours and drivetrain are correct to the VIN on Buck Tag. I am absolutley stoked that the car is a Q code mach 1 but I am also concerned that the car may have a chequered past.

I purchased the car from a large dealer and have been back in contact with him and asked for him to do a search to ensure it is not a stolen vehicle, still waiting for him to get back to me. Can anyone tell me if you have a national data base that can be searched for Stolen vehicles, I am in Australia so not very familiar with who to use for the search. Any help would be appreciated.



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#2
No idea, but good luck. It's easy enough to swap out the dash so it could have been an innocent mess-up in the past.

Steve



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Thanks Mate, hope it as you said just a dash swap. The only other questionable is that the Title was also for the F code vehicle.
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Great looking 73! There are partial VIN numbers located under the top edge of the front fenders. You would have to take the fender off to see it. See the pic below. I agree, the VIN on the dash is easy to switch out.


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OLE PONY;30476 Wrote:Great looking 73! There are partial VIN numbers located under the top edge of the front fenders. You would have to take the fender off to see it. See the pic below. I agree, the VIN on the dash is easy to switch out.


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Thanks for the Pictures and extra info, The paint on the car is pretty smick so didn't really want to have to take the fender off unless totally necessary. I am pretty well 100% sure that it is a Q code car as per the Buck tag. The Marti report I got for this VIN is spot on to the original paint colour, interior, drive train etc. Really hopeing that the car comes back clean, otherwise the dealer will be re-imbursing me and the car will take a long trip back to the USA.
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I am surprized that the car made it through customs! You definitely need to know which VIN is the car's correct VIN. I would hope that the buck tag is not the correct buck tag for the car (although facts seem to point otherwise). If the VIN's on the fender apron's do not match the VIN on your dash (and thus on your title) you have a problematic car.

Take precise measurements in several locations and then loosen the driver's fender. You may be able to wedge something (carefully) between the fender and the apron and with a mirror from underneath read the VIN numbers.

I will be anxious to hear how it all turns out.
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To take the fenders off & then be able to reinstall in the same location remove the rearmost bolt and then drill a small nail sized hole under where the bolt head would cover to hole once the bolt is reinstalled. Then drill a second hole at the first fender bolt. Remove the remaining bolts and remove fender to inspect the hidden vin. To reinstall the fender, hang the fender on the car and very loosely reinstall the bolts. Put a small nail in each of the holes you drilled to perfectly line up the fender, tighten the middle bolts, then install & tighten the front and last bolts. The fender will be in the same location as before.

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Don65Stang;30505 Wrote:To take the fenders off & then be able to reinstall in the same location remove the rearmost bolt and then drill a small nail sized hole under where the bolt head would cover to hole once the bolt is reinstalled. Then drill a second hole at the first fender bolt. Remove the remaining bolts and remove fender to inspect the hidden vin. To reinstall the fender, hang the fender on the car and very loosely reinstall the bolts. Put a small nail in each of the holes you drilled to perfectly line up the fender, tighten the middle bolts, then install & tighten the front and last bolts. The fender will be in the same location as before.

Don, from experience???????????Tongue
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Don, I like that tip! I'm going to use it meself.

Steve



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sm3570;30514 Wrote:Don, I like that tip! I'm going to use it meself.
Ah... how soon we forgot, Come on Don give some credit where credit is due Dodgy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee9KcGih7Iw
Also here's the hidden vin location on the firewall watch the vid to see where it's at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-Axb-OpMDQ

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