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rnigel #1473540 Wed Nov 02 2022 01:34 AM
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When I bought my 53 in SoCal in 1980 I never checked the "VIN" number. A few years later I got pulled over and the cop noticed the tag and my registration didn't match. I took it to the CHP garage and they spent several hours looking for numbers on the truck for two days and found nothing. They put a California Vin plate on the jamb and sent me on my way. I have covered every inch of my frame and never seen anything.

Old enough to know better, too young to resist.
rnigel #1473541 Wed Nov 02 2022 01:34 AM
Joined: Oct 2021
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I don't think so. Just a plate on the door jamb and serial numbers on the engine.

1939 Packard Standard Eight Coupe (The Phantom)
1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
1966 Ford Mustang (Little Red)
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
1995 Ford F-150 (Newt)
rnigel #1473546 Wed Nov 02 2022 02:09 AM
Joined: May 2005
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Sir Searchalot
You never checked the VIN number??????????? Goodness me. Gosh all Friday. Holy Guacamole. Do-Do due diligence.

Of course we don't know what did not match, what the truck originally had for the officer to see a mismatch, why a seller would offer a title and plate that didn't match and expect someone not to notice. Some things left out of this story. Don't take this the wrong way, but hope you are not asking how to do something sketchy. (repair what?) after 42 years??

No need to "repair". There is no numbers matching disaster, It's either a 53 Chevy or it ain't. If title VIN matches a DMV issued VIN tag..... it's legit.

Last edited by bartamos; Wed Nov 02 2022 02:25 AM.
rnigel #1473549 Wed Nov 02 2022 02:45 AM
Joined: Feb 2011
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There is no vin on a 53, there is no vin on a 55.2. Vin's started in the 70's or 80's. My new 55.2 has the normal serial number tag on the windshield A pillar and on the frame on the upper LH flange.
I would never buy a truck that has some non factory S/N plate or vin plate. No collector value there.

Kicking self for selling off my Taskforce trucks.
Still looking for an LCF or conventional big bolt in decent shape.

As of 10-26-2022, A 55.2 Taskforce long bed now the work begins
rnigel #1473552 Wed Nov 02 2022 03:04 AM
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 756
Fun fact
In Canada
The engine serial number is stamped in two places for at least a 1953 and maybe other years
There is a second confidential location for the engine number
I won’t disclose it here
But know it exists
If fellow Canadians want more detail pm me

rnigel #1473556 Wed Nov 02 2022 04:57 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
Well, regarding serial numbers on frames…

I don’t know about 47-55 trucks (despite owning a few), but I did find the frame serial number on the 1970 C10 I have that I got from my Uncle&Dad&Grandpa. It was on the LH frame rail on the top side underneath the cab and was very hard to see. If the cab was on and the frame painted, you would never find it. Knowing the history of my truck, I knew it had no issues. But it was still satisfying to see the frame serial number match up with that on the cab.

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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- Rusty- the puzzle box lid for the C10.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.
1962 AMC Rambler American- my wife’s

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1951-GMC 9430
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rnigel #1473563 Wed Nov 02 2022 05:38 AM
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Sir Searchalot
It does not really matter. I call them VIN's and everybody knows what I mean. When you buy an old truck that had a "serial number", the title will say VIN and..... when you register it and get a new says VIN again, even though it is not constructed/coded per todays standards. Serial number was just the jargon/practice of the time until the universal standardized identification was adopted. it's OK to call it a serial number or a VIN. We should not admonish or split hairs on that every time someone says VIN.

The value of this truck is not affected by a DMV assigned VIN. However it was done.

So now we have two or more opinions.

Last edited by bartamos; Wed Nov 02 2022 06:34 PM.
rnigel #1473579 Wed Nov 02 2022 01:19 PM
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back yard wrench turner
Some states used the motor number on the registration and titles. The number was lost whenever the motor was changed.


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