I ran across this old thread and I thought I would add to it.
On my car, I used some metal stamps, to permanently mark the frame with the VIN number, in 2 places
Here's how ...
Alphabet and number stamps, can be purchased at Harbor freight, McMaster Carr, Enco, etc. I bought 1/8" tall stamps.
I cleaned off the powered coat, on the cross tube, behind the dash. Many new cars and trucks, have the VIN stamped on the left side. So I put it on the left. The second place I put on a tube by the engine.
I used a Dead Blow, Ball Peen Hammer. But any 20 oz or heavier hammer will do.
Hold the stamps with Vise Grip Pliers. This will keep the thumbs and fingers happy. Make sure that the stamp is facing the right way! You only get one shot, make it right. A straight scratch line, will help line up the stamps
Copy your VIN with no errors. If you can't read it very well, hit the stamp again, making sure that it is seated in the first stamping.
After you're done stamping, degrease and repaint.
Take a Photo of the two areas and keep a copy with records. Also, photograph the engine number. A second copy should be kept in a safe place, safety deposit box, gun safe, A Mason jar under the back porch where your old Dingo is chained up , etc.
If your car ever gets stollen, you'll have a non-removanble VIN. If the bad guys grind off the first number, there is always the second number.
Even ground off, the number can still be read, with an acid wash or I think, Die penetrate.
Sorry no photos this time, I didn't want to show the world my VIN.
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