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G13BLocost

posted on 30/8/19 at 12:29 PM Reply With Quote
Weld on VIN Plate IVA

Hello All,

I have done some searching but can't seem to find a manufacturer of weld-on vin plates. I tried stamping my own in steel but it's a mess and it would be nice to buy a professionally stamped piece of plate to seam weld on.

Any help?

Cheers,
Josh





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CosKev3

posted on 30/8/19 at 03:21 PM Reply With Quote
Just practise m8
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Irony

posted on 30/8/19 at 03:54 PM Reply With Quote
I wouldn't bother with welding or stamping. I just used a metal grinding bit in a cheap as chips Aldi dremel. I wrote it on the chassis in pen first and then ground away. Quick spray with a rattle can. Looks pretty good. IVA were happy
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nick205

posted on 30/8/19 at 04:25 PM Reply With Quote
Don't buy and weld, either punch or grind directly onto your chassis and spray paint over.
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CosKev3

posted on 30/8/19 at 04:29 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by nick205
Don't buy and weld, either punch or grind directly onto your chassis and spray paint over.


Punching straight onto box section makes a right poo job,look at Westfields
You cant punch it properly without distorting the box

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CosKev3

posted on 30/8/19 at 04:29 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by nick205
Don't buy and weld, either punch or grind directly onto your chassis and spray paint over.


Punching straight onto box section makes a right poo job,look at Westfields
You cant punch it properly without distorting the box

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G13BLocost

posted on 30/8/19 at 05:08 PM Reply With Quote
I will give the Dremel a go





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nick205

posted on 30/8/19 at 05:50 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
quote:
Originally posted by nick205
Don't buy and weld, either punch or grind directly onto your chassis and spray paint over.


Punching straight onto box section makes a right poo job,look at Westfields
You cant punch it properly without distorting the box



It can do if you punch too hard and on the centre-line on the box section. If you punch nearer the edge it works fine, did it that way for my MK Indy and it worked just fine passing SVA without issue.

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paulc

posted on 30/8/19 at 09:00 PM Reply With Quote
I got a local engraving place to engrave it on a piece of 2mm plate, then welded it on.

Cost £20, they cut it quite and deep so it was still readable after powder coat.

[Edited on 30/8/19 by paulc]

[Edited on 30/8/19 by paulc]

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Angel Acevedo

posted on 30/8/19 at 11:40 PM Reply With Quote
I don´t recall someone ever mentioning etching...
I think it could be done fairly easy...
12 Volt power supply, salt vinegar, a piece of steel, (nail, screw, rod, etc) some plastic lettering stencils... some patience...





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Angel Acevedo

posted on 30/8/19 at 11:49 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by Angel Acevedo
I don´t recall someone ever mentioning etching...
I think it could be done fairly easy...
12 Volt power supply, salt vinegar, a piece of steel, (nail, screw, rod, etc) some plastic lettering stencils... some patience...


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G13BLocost

posted on 13/9/19 at 07:56 PM Reply With Quote
Yep, cheapy Dremel and an engraving bit was the way to go! I printed off the VIN in a simple font of my choice, laminated it with tape and then taped it to a piece of steel. I then ground through and kept going over it until I got nice clear letters.

Cheers chaps!





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40inches

posted on 13/9/19 at 11:19 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by G13BLocost
Yep, cheapy Dremel and an engraving bit was the way to go! I printed off the VIN in a simple font of my choice, laminated it with tape and then taped it to a piece of steel. I then ground through and kept going over it until I got nice clear letters.

Cheers chaps!

Exactly what I did, with a £3.99 Aldi battery engraver

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CosKev3

posted on 15/9/19 at 10:48 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by nick205
quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
quote:
Originally posted by nick205
Don't buy and weld, either punch or grind directly onto your chassis and spray paint over.


Punching straight onto box section makes a right poo job,look at Westfields
You cant punch it properly without distorting the box



It can do if you punch too hard and on the centre-line on the box section. If you punch nearer the edge it works fine, did it that way for my MK Indy and it worked just fine passing SVA without issue.


Not central in the box section would look worse than a squashed box imo!

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Irony

posted on 16/9/19 at 07:49 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Acevedo
I don´t recall someone ever mentioning etching...
I think it could be done fairly easy...
12 Volt power supply, salt vinegar, a piece of steel, (nail, screw, rod, etc) some plastic lettering stencils... some patience...


Metal Etching would work an absolute treat but two things would concern me. I would be worried about any electrical systems attached to the chassis and you really need access to a vinyl cutter.

I have 'electro etched' with absolutely fantastic results though.

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907

posted on 16/9/19 at 09:40 AM Reply With Quote
Having stamped the number in the chassis I then went on to fit the aluminium side panels which promptly covered it up. Doh !

I then had to cut a window in the ally so it could be seen.


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Angel Acevedo

posted on 17/9/19 at 05:16 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by 907
Having stamped the number in the chassis I then went on to fit the aluminium side panels which promptly covered it up. Doh !

I then had to cut a window in the ally so it could be seen.


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I like how it looks.
I may as well plagiate the system.






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