I've got a '63 SS that i'm in the process of restoring. The person who owned it before me mounted an MSD box right on the tag, so I've got extra holes in my tag. Is there any way to replace the cowl tag?
In most jurisdictions it's not illegal to replace a cowl tag. It is illegal to replace a VIN. Cowl tags were basically directions to plant workers and have no legal status with the car. In fact, stuff coded on cowl tags gets changed all the time...trannys, paint, interior colors, options, etc. I'm not a fan of replaced cowl tags. A car can be totally altered from original and then get a cowl tag produced that represents it's altered state as being the way it was born.If you are asking how to reattach your original, you can buy original style rivots on ebay. If you are asking how to have one remade, I think its illegal.
It's not illegal. Only tampering with the VIN tag is.
The problem you have Kid63 is a pretty-common one. It seems like a lot of idiots drilled holes through the cowl tag to mount coils and other BS.
When I bought my '64 SS back in 1982 it had the same problem.
There are a few places that can make you a new cowl tag. The thing I don't like about it is that they will also change some of the cowl tag info for you such as paint colors, options, etc. They will not make a non-SS an SS though and they will not reproduce VIN tags.
Here's a picture of my original cowl tag next to the reproduction. I think you can see why I wanted a new one.
If you look at the two tags, you'll see that I didn't change anything. Wouldn't feel right doing it plus as you can tell from the tags, my car already was a 4-speed SS.
that's good info to know Jeff, i was unaware... i did a search for the company you specified.For a '63 I would not advise using Trim Tags that Johnny posted.
First I'll tell you how these are made.
- Trim Tags stamps the tags using conventional letter and number stamps in a die
- AG Back East etches a custom die and then stamps the blank
Both techniques have some advantages and disadvantages.
Trim Tags could not stamp the tag exactly like the original. On the cowl tag where it says "STYLE" and "TRIM", Trim Tags could only stamp them "ST" and "TR" (like 1966-67 Nova cowl tags have). Obviously their die wouldn't fit the extra letters.
They tried to spew some BS about how all the factory tags were different and some had it one way and some were the other.
I wasn't buying it though.
So I looked at AG Back East. They can make an exact duplicate. The only difference is that the etched dies they use produce lettering that isn't quite as sharp as the letter-stamped tags produce. It's a little "washed-out" but not too bad. Actually they look more real to me for a 50 year old tag.
The tag in my picture is the AG Back East tag.
That's where I would recommend going for a 1963 Nova.
If you have a 66-67, it doesn't matter then and the Trim Tags may be your preference since it is a little crisper.
Here's the link for AG Back East: http://www.datatags.com/
im not a fan of this either,stay original!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!In fact, stuff coded on cowl tags gets changed all the time...trannys, paint, interior colors, options, etc. I'm not a fan of replaced cowl tags. A car can be totally altered from original and then get a cowl tag produced that represents it's altered state as being the way it was born.
Wow, not much to work with. About all you're going to know is whether it was born a V/8 or a six which can be determined from the VIN. And even that info doesn't tell you the size of engine.How about this one I bought a 65 it had no interior and I don't even know the paint and there was no motor no trans and the guy took the cowl tang so how would I go about finding out what info was even on the tag