Vin Number

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Vin Number

Postby V8 tiger » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:56 am

Can someone help me with this vin tag I'm looking at buying this alpine
Chassis 9407816
OD LRO
engine No B
color 39

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Re: Vin Number

Postby mikephillips » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:59 am

Carnival red Series IV, built summer of 1964. Although could be titled later depending on when it was sold. OD is overdrive, LRO I believe indicates a LHD model, although I don't recall the RO significance.

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Re: Vin Number

Postby V8 tiger » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:30 am

Thanks Mike the owner said it was a late 64
titled as 65 . Needs some love but 100% there
Only have a tiger this is first Alpine excited

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Re: Vin Number

Postby 65sunbeam » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:05 am

Alpines are great cars-they sure do steer easier than a Tiger too!
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Re: Vin Number

Postby V8 tiger » Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:28 pm

So what may be some of the differences between a series 4 to series 5.
This one has wire wheels but I notice the center nut do not have ears on them
have to use a big socket .

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Re: Vin Number

Postby hartdm » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:05 pm

A high level summary of the Alpine series is here: http://www.sunbeamalpine.org/index.php?categoryid=16

You'll see the differences summarized - engine, carburetors, axle ratio, negative ground, switch to alternator, etc.. Some of the changes on the series V, such as all synchro gearbox and 7.5" clutch were introduced during the series IV.

You can decode the chassis plate codes here: http://www.sunbeamalpine.org/index.php?categoryid=83

Alpines built for North America were 'LRX'. 'LRO' implies the Alpine was built for somewhere else.

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Re: Vin Number

Postby mikephillips » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:16 am

Which probably explains the earless spinners on the wheels and other locations in the world mandated them before the US did.

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Re: Vin Number

Postby V8 tiger » Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:03 pm

So i have another ? This car has wire wheels so are there special tires
to use or standard tires with tubes. They maybe the original Tires now.
Dunlops. The car supposedly has 29,000 miles

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Re: Vin Number

Postby hartdm » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:52 pm

If original wire wheels, they are tubeless, 13", and I think the rim width is 4". Definitely measure them. The original tires for a series IV were either 6.00 x 13 or 5.90 x 13. You'll find limited options to fit a 13" rim and match the original tire diameter. Original diameter appears to have been around 23.3" to 23.7".

A good SAOCA thread on the topic: http://www.sunbeamalpine.org/forum/showthread.php?t=24980

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Re: Vin Number

Postby V8 tiger » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:31 am

Thanks Mike
I have a Tiger so some of this Alpine stuff is new to me
Glad I have support on the Forum. I would of thought that the
Tire's would have leaked with the spokes in the rims. That's why I thought they had tubes.
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Re: Vin Number

Postby hartdm » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:54 pm

I don't have wire wheels, but I haven't heard anyone talk about using a tube with the wire wheels. I suspect you should refurb the spokes to make sure the wire wheels are safe to use. I don't think they are recommended for hard driving.

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Wire wheels

Postby 65sunbeam » Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:57 pm

Harrington Sebring 2016.JPG
I have an Alpine with wire wheels and yes they all use tubes as well as a large "rubber band" that covers the ends of the spokes inside the rim so the tubes don't rub against them and get a leak. You can now buy new wire wheel rims that are sealed with a rubber sealant so you can run tubeless tires-or do like Eric S in the club did and seal up your existing rims using sealant. I mount my own tires with tire irons as finding someone around here to do that would be futile.....
Attached is a Harrington with wire wheels at Sebring this year. Eric
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Re: Vin Number

Postby V8 tiger » Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:53 pm

Thanks Guys !
Why did I buy this at the begining of winter
9 inches of snow this past weekend. My wife gave up here garage space for it
At least its a complete car I don't have to look work anything.

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