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Unread 05-23-2003, 05:10 AM   #1
David Sant
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VIN number enquiry

Hi all,
I have been restoring a 1986 CJ7 for the past five years, then today I finally took it for the vehicle roadworthiness test. Everything went well, until the operator went to verify the VIN number. When I showed him the VIN plate on the bulkhead, he told me that it was not enough and that I should have a number punched into the chassis someplace. Since I live on the tiny island of Malta (middle of the Mediterranean Sea) and there are only about four CJ7s around, no one seems to know where this number is (or whether there is one at all). Meanwhile, the CJ is back in the garage and I am despairing.
I would immensely appreciate any help possible to be able to solve this matter.
Mainly, I need to know whether there is any number anywhere else apart from the VIN plate on the bulkhead, and if so it's location. Also if there is no other number, where might I obtain some document or letter to prove this?
I appreciate any help and advice your may offer me.

Thanks
David

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Unread 05-23-2003, 05:27 AM   #2
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oh boy do i sympathise with you, I live in Ibiza, there are maybe 5 cars here like mine (CJ7) and we too have a really hard road test, mine is due soon and i am struggling to get parts here, everything has to be ordered in, even a thermostat. There is a jeep garage on the island, but so far havent been able to source a single component.

As to your vin number, mine is 13 digits..

something like J9A93EH12345

That as far as I know should be something similar to yours, its location i cant remember, I will have a look tonight when i get home, but I am sure these people here will answer you before that, they are very helpful and knowledgeable indeed.

I wish you the best, I am in the same boat as you!.
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Unread 05-23-2003, 07:11 AM   #3
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on some of the jeeps there is numbers stamped on top of the frame at the rear wheel if it helps any
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Unread 05-24-2003, 12:31 AM   #4
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I can't say about a 86......but just finished a tub changeout on a 79 and saw no numbers on the frame, cleaned it down to bare metal and repainted so I'm sure I didn't miss anything......
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Unread 05-24-2003, 02:19 AM   #5
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Popal...good luck with that Jeep. I read your other posts and I wouldnt want to be in your shoes with so few resources. Ive learned that you pretty much have to replace just about everything on a Jeep to make it a reliable vehicle. Fortunately the internet is full of info. I read everything I can find...trust me you will need to learn all you can about Jeep repairs and modifications. Just some advice...I bought most of my parts on ebay. Ebay is full of used and obscure Jeep parts. Be sure they will ship outside of the US before you bid but you will find all you need at a fraction of the price.
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Unread 05-25-2003, 07:46 PM   #6
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On my 1984 CJ7, the last 6 or 7 digits of the VIN were stamped on the top of the frame rail over the passenger side rear wheel. You'd need a body lift and a mirror to be able to see them though.

Other than that, there were no numbers anywhere else on the frame.

You should have a VIN tag on the firewall, and another one visible through the windshield on the wiper mounting bracket. I believe those were the only places that the VIN was located on a late CJ.
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