[Healeys] RE vin plates on ebay

Larry Varley varley at cosmos.net.au
Sun Jun 25 05:40:50 MDT 2017

Absolutely agree with you Mike, this string of carrying on about ID 
plates is probably one of the most stupid performances I have seen on 
the list for quite some time. For goodness sake get over it. Apparently 
most of the Professional Healey restorers should be in jail for their 
misdemeanors. As Patrick Quinn put it quite correctly, if no one is 
attempting to misrepresent the car for gain there is no problem. What 
you are doing is saving a car that would be lost. Go for it Mike!


Larry Varley

On 25/06/2017 8:41 AM, Michael MacLean wrote:
> What I am doing is taking a chassis ID plate from a car that was cut 
> up, cannibalized and no longer exists due to rust and other damage and 
> just replacing everything behind that plate.  I am in effect, 
> restoring the car with the number on the chassis ID plate I acquired.  
> Otherwise maybe you think the chassis ID plate should have been 
> destroyed with the rusted out car.  The parts are coming from many 
> BN1s and BN2s.  The donor, almost rolling bare chassis  (the rear end 
> was held in with a come-a-long) had virtually no chassis ID plate, 
> (see picture below) body numbers anywhere on the car.  We were only 
> sure it was a BN2 body due to the rear trans mount.  So what is wrong 
> with using this ID plate to restore a car with a new frame and sheet 
> metal, a new drive train, a new rebuilt suspension, etc.?  Don't some 
> people buy Jule frames for their restoration when rust or accident 
> damage destroys the old frame?  Maybe the sheet metal had to be 
> replaced along with a new inner frame too.  Is that now fraud because 
> the original owner replaced most of the car behind the chassis ID 
> plate?   These days when you can replace almost any part of a Healey 
> with a reproduction or original part and just about build a car from 
> parts available I don't see what is wrong with what I am doing.  When 
> I sell the car, I will be happy to tell the prospective buyer exactly 
> how the car was built.  I am sure the new buyer would rather have an 
> original Healey chassis ID plate on the firewall rather than some 
> digits stamped into the frame by the state.
> Mike MacLean

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