Hello from southern california! I picked up what was indicated as a '44 Chevy 1.5ton dually stakebody (albeit no bed at all) about 10 years ago from a farm in Texas, essentially on a whim. I wanted an old truck project and this came via friend of a friend. Life/work got crazy at the same time and the truck essentially sat in the corner of my shop since then. I have a VA title for it, and have just lately started digging in to the details of getting it titled in my name in CA. However, I'm starting to find some discrepancies between numbers. The VIN plate on the truck is all rust, but I was able to read most of the stamped info. Thanks to the reference tools on this site, I think I have identified it as a '44. The title shows '44, but the VIN on the title doesn't appear to match or even be the same format as what I've learned from the tools here. Perhaps some of the experts can chime in. Here we go:
VIN plate: 9MS31 15639 (the last 5 are questionable...see photo) From the decoder and series guide, I've gathered 9 - Norwood, OH MS - Series 160”WB, 1.5 Ton single or dual wheel (indicated in the “early ’42” section of Series page) 31 - Month of production: July 1944…?
Engine block casting # 3835497 ’42-’53 216 cu in.
Title VIN: BG623053 empty weight 4600, gross weight 6500 (therefore a 1 Ton?)
Nice truck! But it's bigger than a 1 Ton. Dually 1 Tons have a GVW of 8800 lbs., so your paperwork isn't correct for this truck. You'll probably have to get an assigned vin# from the DMV unless you can get them to accept your data plate. Best of Luck.