Gone in a blink of an eye!

chromebumpers

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I look through the online subscription to Hemmings sometimes twice a day because good deals can come and go fast.
Tonight I read an ad for block ID numbers and before I could copy the ad to show someone I know it was gone.
This company (as it appeared) was selling "original looking" correct font and size alpha-numerical punches made to order for year and make of all cars. They also had "realistic" looking cast numbers that you can apply with soldering past and paint over. They made it a point to explain that this is for the shops that deck blocks and grind off your numbers and ruin your "resale value"
There were pictures that showed the casting numbers and it did look real. Comes with 100% money back refund if not completely satisfied. Only $249 for 7 digits.
 
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Grumpy

The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer.
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why does that sound SO MUCH like its a tool primarily INTENDED,
for guys cloning cars for the REPLICA SCAMMER MARKET?
 

chromebumpers

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That's the only thought I had. If you know anything about the coin collecting world, where someone can micro solder a tiny little mint mark under a date and fool so many into thinking it's a rare coin, then I believe large, crude and rough metal work is easier to manipulate then you may think.
As far as clones go, it's old news that the top 8 auctions have on record more sales of 1969 Z/28s and convertible LS/6 Chevelles then Chevrolet ever produced let alone adding private collector sales. The same thing goes with the poor record keeping Shelby had in his first two years of production while they sold hundreds of collision and theft replacement parts, that was every piece including serial # ID badge and yet there was no real verification in place at Ford's parts dept. No police reports, no collision remains - nothing until After Hertz was caught with more then their allotment.
That's why even the big collectors need experts these days.
 
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