Originally Posted by Trumpton
Certainly in Egypt they want to see the engine number (which is stamped on the engine block), they will stand on their heads in the engine bay to get a 'rubbing' of it, AND the chassis number as well.
Yes, I'd agree with that.
My motorbike experience is that the engine No. on my Yamaha is very difficult to see, hidden by stuff in the way, and needs a torch.
It's even more difficult to get a piece of paper on it to take a rubbing, but the customs man was absolutely determined to do so. He made about 3 attempts from different angles, getting a bit angrier each time, particularly as his hands were getting pretty dirty.
In the end he got half the number on a rubbing from one angle and the other half from a different angle.
So I'd certainly advise to clean the area up, and arrange some way by which the engine number can be reached with fingers.
Maybe stamp a copy of it somewhere accessible, specially if the number really is not visible from any angle or position. I'm not too sure they take a lot of notice about the genuineness of the marking so this might be worth doing.
At all the other borders down the east side only the registration number was checked, and then not at every border.