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On the dash, driver's side.

Alternately, you can look at the info tag which should be in the driver's side door jam, or on the firewall near the brake booster.

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Just for future reference, it was only American cars that had the VIN plate also on the dash. The tags are sometimes removed or illegible from age. However, all production S30s will have the VIN stamped on the firewall.

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Alfa, you should have also mentioned that the door jam tag is also only found on the HLS models.

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Look for a set of numbers after "HLS30" There's your VIN if you have a left-hand drive vehicle.

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so many answers to such an innocuous question. I love imports.

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All cars - stamped in the firewall in the engine bay, just above the brake master vac. All cars - a plate screwed to the RF strut upright in the engine bay. This ID plate also has the engine serial number.

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Can I play too?

All cars - stamped in the firewall in the engine bay, just above the brake master vac.

Unless it turns out to be one of the factory race car 'shells that didn't. ;-)

All cars - a plate screwed to the RF strut upright in the engine bay.

Unless it is a 432 or 432-R, in which case it will be on the opposite side.

This ID plate also has the engine serial number.

Not always. Depended on the market and specific model.

:classic:

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26th-Z "All cars - a plate screwed to the RF strut upright in the engine bay."

UK spec. 260z (late models definately) had a "separate plate attaching area" behind the RF strut upright. see pic.

Cheers

Ian

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WOW. I learned something. I was under the impression that all of the [edit] American [/edit] 240/60/80 styles (69-78) were HLS30 designated, except for right hand drives (RLS30)...I was way wrong!

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FWIW, My early 260 (2/74) RLS30 025991 has the ID plate on the inner fender in front of the right strut tower.

Here's a picture of the ID plate and the VIN location on the firewall.

Todd

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FWIW, My early 260 (2/74) RLS30 025991 has the ID plate on the inner fender in front of the right strut tower.

Here's a picture of the ID plate and the VIN location on the firewall.

Todd

Todd, I think that picture is what green machine needs. RIP260Z that's behind the LF strut tower you pictured not in front of the RF tower as Chris stated. Same place it is in my 78 US spec 280Z.

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Sblake01,

Yes got my left and right mixed up. Though the statement " All cars - a plate screwed to the RF strut upright in the engine bay." is wrong, as mine is on the left..

Cheers

Ian

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I just purchased a '78 280Z, and the plate by the left shock tower has the VIN number only, which matches what is on the door frame and dash plate. The engine has a different number. Is the engine a replacement? Is there a way to tell the vintage of the engine based on the engine serial number?

Thanks.

C

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Just to calrify...

You are saying that the number on the engine block does not match the Engine Number on the ID plate on the strut tower?

As far as whether you can tell vintage... I'm not sure how far it can be narrowed down.

Does the number on the engine start with L28 or F54? This will narrow it down to a Z (L28) or ZX (F54) block... someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Nate

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Z or ZX if it is an L28 the engine serial number will begin with "L28"

Get the Engine Serial Number - and we'll see if we can match it up with something close - for which we would have an idea of the date of manufacture.

The "F54" is one type of casting number found on the lower part of the block.

Carl B.

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Ummm, yeah. That's what I'm talking about :stupid: . Thanks Carl. And I've got an F54 L28 on a stand in the garage :stupid:

Nate :nervous:

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Thanks for all the replies. The number on the strut tower, dash pad, door jamb, are all the same, ending in 125. Looking under the spark plugs closest to the firewall, the only number I see on the block is 254234. Am I looking in the wrong spot?

What has me confused is some threads say there should be an engine number on the strut tower, that may or may not be different than the VIN. Since I only see the VIN on the strut tower (and nothing that references engine number) I am confused.

Thanks.

C

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Either you aren't looking hard enough at the Data Plate on the Strut Tower.... or someone has cut it down to only the VIN... and the entire top part of the Data Plate is missing...

Take a pencil and piece of paper with you - and maybe a flash light... The Data Tag on the car should look a lot like the one pictured below ... As you can clearly see - the ENGINE NUMBER 001482 is listed just above the VIN.... HLS30 200207

There are TWO little pads cast into the block - it would seem you took the 254234 number off the second one, and failed to see the L28 stamped into the first pad (first being the one on the left). Go look again...

BTW - it would help of you stated what the VIN on the car is...

FWIW,

Carl B.

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