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has anyone ever seen this before?

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 21:32
by icehouse
Found this on my coupe strut tower, I've never seen them stamped before. Have you guys?


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Re: has anyone ever seen this before?

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 03:25
by KiKiIchiBan
I don't think mine are, but could be hidden under the layers of paint. Is the other side stamped 1?

Re: has anyone ever seen this before?

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 09:29
by spriso
I have never noticed that on a Bluebird before (or a North American 510), but Australian built 510s have the VIN stamped on the strut tower like this:

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Re: has anyone ever seen this before?

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 08:23
by yenpit
What is interesting, is that #2 looks like it was stamped AFTER the strut tower/panel was assembled cuz it is dented. What paint was there? Was the #2 filled in with the factory color.........like it was stamped at factory, then painted?

We media blasted a 1971 240Z last year for resto, and found Japanese text/numbers hand written in some type of (magic) marker, on the top of the right fender, under the original paint! Obviously some kind of quality control marking, during production. It was very faint, as if it was wiped off prior to paint, did not photograph well, so never translated it! :cry:

Re: has anyone ever seen this before?

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 16:00
by icehouse
Yeah it was original paint. I will say the front end wasn't welded together very straight worst out of any 510 I've seen actually. The left side is 1/4" off or so. I'll post a picture of it. Not sure if the stamp has anything to do with the assembly quality.

Re: has anyone ever seen this before?

Posted: 28 Mar 2017 18:10
by broke
I've seen a couple stamped like the one Spriso posted, can't remember if they were NZ or Jap built ones though. Usually it's hidden under a layer of filler though.

Re: has anyone ever seen this before?

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 23:25
by icehouse
Check it out! I was over at Dave Carroll's place with Carter, I thought "hey Dave may have seen the "2" on one of his cars" He said he can't recall any but he said lets look at my 73 two door, sure enough it had the "2"!!!!!! Here is a pic. Wish I knew what it meant.


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