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#827851 - Sun Feb 19 2012 01:51 PM 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number???
Sammamish Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 02 2011 10:41 AM
Posts: 9
Loc: Seattle WA
My 1942 Chevy 1.5ton Fire Truck is currently titled and registered with the engine number. The VIN ID plate is missing. I would like to find the original VIN number. Is it stamped in any other places? Frame?
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#827874 - Sun Feb 19 2012 03:15 PM Re: 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number??? [Re: Sammamish]
tclederman Offline
Registered: Tue Sep 18 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 23336
Loc: Jarvisburg, NC

There was no VIN in terms of today's meaning.

There was a header-panel plate or a cowl plate (under the hood) with a Vehicle Serial Number (or Vehicle ID) and there was an engine serial number. Either one of the codes might have been used on the original title and/or registration.

Do you have an old title or registration?

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyresto/4206.htm

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/shop/1942/42csm0003.htm
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#827885 - Sun Feb 19 2012 03:47 PM Re: 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number??? [Re: tclederman]
Sammamish Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 02 2011 10:41 AM
Posts: 9
Loc: Seattle WA
The title and registration that I have (going back to the early 60s) uses only the engine number. The plate on the cowl is missing. Only the 2 screws remain. I have no problem with the registration, I would like to get the correct VIN so I could get more information about the truck. For example, I only assume its a 1.5ton, I dont know for sure. I have heard that the VIN may have been stamped into the frame also, I dont know where to look for it.
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#827899 - Sun Feb 19 2012 04:10 PM Re: 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number??? [Re: Sammamish]
tclederman Offline
Registered: Tue Sep 18 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 23336
Loc: Jarvisburg, NC

I may be wrong but I think you will find a GM frame VIN right next to the hen's teeth.
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#827904 - Sun Feb 19 2012 04:20 PM Re: 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number??? [Re: tclederman]
Sammamish Offline
New Guy
Registered: Sun Jan 02 2011 10:41 AM
Posts: 9
Loc: Seattle WA
You may be right but I have seen references to it in the stovebolt forum and in peoples photo bucket pictures.
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#827910 - Sun Feb 19 2012 04:28 PM Re: 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number??? [Re: Sammamish]
tclederman Offline
Registered: Tue Sep 18 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 23336
Loc: Jarvisburg, NC

Did they live in CA? A code was placed on the frame by the dealer and/or DMV in CA and maybe a few other places.

Also, GMC had IDs on the frame, I think up to May 1949.
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#827914 - Sun Feb 19 2012 04:47 PM Re: 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number??? [Re: tclederman]
Sammamish Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 02 2011 10:41 AM
Posts: 9
Loc: Seattle WA
Its always been in Washington State. Though it was built in Portland OR. It was a Fire Engine in Long Beach WA. They don't have any info either. The state DMV only goes back to the early 80s.
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#827959 - Sun Feb 19 2012 06:58 PM Re: 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number??? [Re: Sammamish]
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Registered: Mon May 08 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: DANVILLE IL
Serial numbers stamped on the frame didn't start until '55.
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#828052 - Mon Feb 20 2012 12:22 AM Re: 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number??? [Re: LONGBOX55]
spanky Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 20 2002 12:00 PM
Posts: 4134
Loc: burlington, n.c.
Serial numbers were stamped on the left frame rail, just past the left front spring hanger on GMC trucks until the late 40's. Chevy didn't have a U.S built civilian truck rated above 1 1/2 ton until 1946.
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#828058 - Mon Feb 20 2012 01:19 AM Re: 1942 Chevy 1.5ton VIN number - Frame number??? [Re: spanky]
Super55 Offline
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Registered: Sun Sep 24 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 2384
Loc: Maple Ridge, BC
Sammamish,
Of course my 48 doesn't have a VIN number since they didn't exist in 48. But the number on the plate is the original engine number. However, my engine has been replaced with a newer engine. That doesn't change my ID plate. It still is registered by the original engine number, not the newer one. If you were to get a reproduction ID plate, then punch the original number as it came from the factory. I don't know if anyone is making reproduction plates for 1942. Anyone have a picture of one? Are they different than the AD plates?
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