Sunday, April 22, 2018 6:59:19 PM

Help with Serial Number 1951 Ford Convertible custom

17 days ago
#3980 Quote
Hi, I have inherited the above car and cannot register it in NZ as the chassis plate is somewhat obscured and I cannot find the serial number. I am not a car person (except through genuine admiration for those that can work on them). I love the car that my dad started the restoration.  I really would like to finish it but am stumped.  In NZ no mechanics will even look at the car until it is registered.  Can anyone help or direct me please??  Thanks
17 days ago
#3981 Quote
Hello from the "mainland", Ginny!

If I'm going to be any help at all, it's going to be from a distance a long way from the wonderful place you call home, but allow me to give it a try.

First of all, an answer that I can give will be based on identification info. which applies to Ford products originally assembled in any of Ford's United States-based assembly plants.  That should work fine if your dad first brought his convertible into your country following its service life in the U.S.A.  But if your car was originally assembled and first sold in N.Z., it's possible that the recorded "birth" info. pertaining to Dad's convertible reads differently, but I don't think this difference should prevent you from securing the licensing info. that your government is looking for.

Secondly, my tattered and a bit dated copy of the Ford V-8 annual Club Roster of members shows at least two members who are listed as international contacts for the Club's northern and southern regions of N.Z.  Hopefully, contacting the following email addresses will put you in touch with one or both of them as needed:

I'll bet that if you make or offer either of these contacts a good cup of hot coffee, you'll find out all about Dad's car, how to restore it, and how to join a great old car club complete with meetings, telephone help and great people to give you a hand when it's time to turn a wrench.  

Okay. I'm stepping out of the way now so you can get started.  Please let us know here on the Shoebox Central website how your inquiry is coming along.  I'm betting you'll have some good news to report to us pretty soon!

17 days ago
#3983 Quote
Ginny I did some research and found this. On the frame ahead of the
main front crossmember there is a piece of channel about 45 degrees
going to the frame horns that the bumper brackets bolts too. The number
is stamped on top of that 45 degree piece on the passenger side
behind the radiator I hope that this helps wrs50ford Southern Wisconsin  

15 days ago
#3986 Quote
Thank you both.  I found it Wayne!!  A bit of engine degreaser and elbow grease voila the VIN.  My shout if you are ever in NZ!!  Will post a pic of the vehicle when finished.