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    I did a search on firewall VINs but havent seen any threads on NO FIREWALL VIN, mine does not have a firewall vin, Its a early Fairlady Z. Is this normal?

    The VIN on the strut tower matches the paper work so its no big deal.

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    NO! it should be stamped ito the firewall near the Master Vac.

    The vin should be on the tag one the fenderwell, the ds door post, the dash tag, and the firewall, and all should match!

    Will

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    It should be in this area correct? I checked the other locations, no vins there either, just the one on the strut tower plate.

    Maybe I can talk the guy out of his S30-00002 Vin plate and re stamp this car :tapemouth

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    Try the opposite side of the car, under the hose. The brake booster is on the opposite side for US models, but the VIN may be in the same location (the passenger side in your case).

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    .....mine does not have a firewall vin, Its a early Fairlady Z. Is this normal?

    No, it's not normal. But I'm convinced that it IS there, if you know exactly where to look.......

    NO! it should be stamped ito the firewall near the Master Vac.

    Exactly. Stock location on an RHD car is just above the half-round bead rolled into the firewall sheetmetal, right by the metal bracket that holds the vacuum hose for the Master Vac.

    The vin should be on the tag one the fenderwell, the ds door post, the dash tag, and the firewall, and all should match!

    As a Japanese home-market car, it would not have left the Factory with a door-jamb tag or a dash tag. The only two VIN locations on the car are on the firewall sheetmetal and the 'fenderwell' plate.

    Try the opposite side of the car, under the hose. The brake booster is on the opposite side for US models, but the VIN may be in the same location (the passenger side in your case).

    No. VIN number is always on the drivers side, whether its LHD or RHD.

    No it should be there IIRC - sure it's not covered with bog/primer or something?

    I agree. I think its there but you aren't seeing it. It will be right under those hoses and wires in your first photo, and is probably half-filled with paint and crud.

    If you get down to bare metal and its still not there, only then you will have a mystery on your hands.........

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    Move the wires and hoses and look here:

    Stephen, shouldn't your circle have been a little more to the right. I swear that I can see the edge of the VIN plate.

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    Nope thats pretty much spot on where the vin should be stamped, maybe a tiny bit more to the right. No plate there just the numbers stamped into the metal.

    Behind the hoses and wires, above the clip that holds the brake booster vacuum line, above the horizontal ridge, like in the photo Alan posted. Just about on the same level with the screw hole that holds the windscreen water squirter thingy.

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    Maybe this photo of my project car will help?

    For compairsion here is the VIN stamp on a HLS firewall 1971 Z. Looks to be pretty close to the same location on either car. (just under that wire harness clip.)

    Looks like the car was repainted red? and they attempted to paint the engine compartment too, and perhaps "glazed" [bondo] over the the numbers prior to painting?

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    No. VIN number is always on the drivers side, whether its LHD or RHD.

    Sorry Alan, just want to clarify this. I thought it was always on the right?

    edit: Looking at jcakboxxx's picture it seems so. That's interesting!

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    Mine is on the left and the stamping is larger. But it's a US 280Z so maybe I don't belong in this thread.

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    Sorry Alan, just want to clarify this. I thought it was always on the right?

    edit: Looking at jcakboxxx's picture it seems so. That's interesting!

    Alfadog,

    Yes - to clarify: On most first-generation models, the stamp in the firewall sheetmetal was always above the Master Vac and clutch MC whether the car was LHD or RHD. So looking into the engine bay from the front of the car, the VIN stamp is to the left on an RHD car, and to the right on an LHD car.

    I've seen LHD-to-RHD conversions that left the VIN number in its original position, which can make some people do a double-take. 'Big Sam' is a good example of this.

    Mine is on the left and the stamping is larger. But it's a US 280Z so maybe I don't belong in this thread.

    Stephen, you most certainly DO belong on this thread. I for one didn't know that the firewall stamp on the '280Z' model was on the left side of the firewall. I'll make a mental note to remember that.

    I learn something new about these cars every day.........

    Cheers,

    Alan T.

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