Re: Matching Engine vin and dash vin
I have a '98 Civic and I couldn't manage to find a VIN on the engine itself, but there is one on the transmission next to where it mates to the engine. The VIN on the transmission matches my car's VIN.
Additionally, there is a number printed under the engine code stamped on the engine. If you go to Honda and have them run a VIN Status Inquiry for you, you can find out the original engine number.