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Old 03-09-2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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I have a Fiber Stream and the original VIN is on a decal attached to the body. That decal is not falling off. I can still see most of the number but it will soon be gone. This may cause problems down the road if I ever sell or need to change the title.

Has anyone been able to replace on of these decals? I was thinking that if I could find a place that would make the decal I could just replace it. Not sure if that is legal but the manufacturer is long gone.

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Old 03-09-2011, 01:40 PM   #2
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One thing you could do is stamp the VIN onto the tongue with those steel number/letter stamps.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:58 PM   #3
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I have a Fiber Stream and the original VIN is on a decal attached to the body. That decal is not falling off. I can still see most of the number but it will soon be gone. This may cause problems down the road if I ever sell or need to change the title.

Has anyone been able to replace on of these decals? I was thinking that if I could find a place that would make the decal I could just replace it. Not sure if that is legal but the manufacturer is long gone.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Steve
I frequently see suggestions here to stamp the vin # into the frame near the tongue. I tried that with my Burro and found that it is much easier said than done. I hammered on the number punch really hard and it hardly left a mark. I even tried a bigger hammer with the same results. Maybe it was because I tried to mark it on the side of the frame and the frame would move from the hammer blow, or maybe it was because the side wall of the 2 x 4 square tubing that the frame was made from would flex with the hammer blow, but it did not work very well. Plan B was to use a piece of aluminum strip 1 inch wide and 1/8 inch thick and about 5 inches long. I stamped the vin # on the aluminum and riveted it to the frame. I am very happy with how it turned out.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:13 PM   #4
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Steve,

In aviation supply houses and, I think, auto part stores one can buy data plates which have spaces for manufacturer, year of manufacture and serial number. These can then be riveted or glued wherever it is appropriate or required. The one I got was aluminum and I stamped it. There were lighter weight ones that you could use in a typewriter (ancient tech but they still exist ) to enter the info.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:35 PM   #5
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In aviation supply houses and, I think, auto part stores one can buy data plates which have spaces for manufacturer, year of manufacture and serial number. These can then be riveted or glued wherever it is appropriate or required. The one I got was aluminum and I stamped it. There were lighter weight ones that you could use in a typewriter (ancient tech but they still exist ) to enter the info.
Will look for one of these as ours is very faded but still can read it for now.
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Wow! Thanks for the great ideas.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:27 AM   #7
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My metal foil VIN sticker was comming off the outside so I removed it with a bit of help from a heat gun. It now rests in a small picture frame screwed to the inside of a cupboard door where it can't get hurt.
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... data plates which have spaces for manufacturer, year of manufacture and serial number. ...There were lighter weight ones that you could use in a typewriter (ancient tech but they still exist ) to enter the info.
This is actually how the originals were made by the Fiber Stream Company.

I stamped the number into the TOP of the hitch frame center member, in addition to the original label.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:48 AM   #9
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I have done a search online and have not found a place to buy a blank data plate. Anyone else find one for sale?
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I have done a search online and have not found a place to buy a blank data plate. Anyone else find one for sale?
Call Bob at 912-638-7954 or boxweed@thebest.net. he embosses plates
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:41 AM   #11
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Another place is www.Koolrides.com look under accessories in online catalog and then id/ name plate vin
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:04 AM   #12
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This is a direct link to the Blanks from Koolrides. 3"x1" $6.00
Aluminum Identification Plate measuring; can be engraved or metal stamped with pertinent vehicle VIN number ID/Name Plate - VIN

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Unless you want one that says "Rat Rod."
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:48 PM   #13
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Thanks for the information.

I had printed the VIN on a business card using MS Word and thought I would get it laminated. Then I was going to attach it inside the trailer. Would probably look better to have an embossed plate that looks like it could be original.

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Old 03-26-2011, 10:19 PM   #14
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Steeve,

As a Fiber Stream owner, I share your concern. Here is what I did.

ID Plate 01 pictures from friends & fun photos on webshots

I also had a couple of fast disappearing stickers. I copied the info, took it to an engraving shop in the mall, and had them make up an "ID Plate" that I pop riveted to the tongue as shown.

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