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In my searches for a '56, I have come across an interesting '49 Chevy pickup...

Does anyone here know if the frame had a serial number stamped in it? I've read that the frame numbers started in '55...but one guy mentioned them being stamped on the front right frame rail...so I'm not sure.

There should be a tag on the driver's door frame, and the serial number on the engine...is this correct? I've read that the tag on the firewall was only a Fisher body style tag...

I've also read that back then, they used the engine serial numbers for registrations/titles.

Note sure if any tags are still on this old farm truck, but the original engine is still in it. Anyone know if I can use the engine numbers to back track to see what options this truck would have had??

EDIT: I did find this page (http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyresto/4952.htm)
but since I do not know too much on these trucks, figured I'd be better off asking questions.
 

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In my searches for a '56, I have come across an interesting '49 Chevy pickup...

Does anyone here know if the frame had a serial number stamped in it? I've read that the frame numbers started in '55...but one guy mentioned them being stamped on the front right frame rail...so I'm not sure.

There should be a tag on the driver's door frame, and the serial number on the engine...is this correct? I've read that the tag on the firewall was only a Fisher body style tag...

I've also read that back then, they used the engine serial numbers for registrations/titles.

Note sure if any tags are still on this old farm truck, but the original engine is still in it. Anyone know if I can use the engine numbers to back track to see what options this truck would have had??

EDIT: I did find this page (http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyresto/4952.htm)
but since I do not know too much on these trucks, figured I'd be better off asking questions.
Other than the VIN number on the frame, you are correct on all points. (I don't know one way or another about the frame VIN.)

Jim Carter http://www.oldchevytrucks.com/ is a vendor who's been around for many years, and has put together a bunch of info on these trucks.

http://stovebolt.com/ is the tri-five of old Chevy trucks.

In general, the VIN and cowl tag on these early trucks pretty much followed the same rules as on tri-fives. The thing is - there were virtually no factory options on these trucks (in the sense we think of options for cars). A different rear axle ratio, different springs, etc. were typically the extent of it. See http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/models/51crpo/index.html for the 1951 options.

Here in NC, cars up to 1953 or 1954 use(d) the engine number for the title. (I don't know if that's changed in recent years, as I checked on that maybe 20 years ago). You can imagine the confusion that caused! Later ones use the VIN as expected.
 

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Other than the VIN number on the frame, you are correct on all points. (I don't know one way or another about the frame VIN.)

Jim Carter http://www.oldchevytrucks.com/ is a vendor who's been around for many years, and has put together a bunch of info on these trucks.

http://stovebolt.com/ is the tri-five of old Chevy trucks.

In general, the VIN and cowl tag on these early trucks pretty much followed the same rules as on tri-fives. The thing is - there were virtually no factory options on these trucks (in the sense we think of options for cars). A different rear axle ratio, different springs, etc. were typically the extent of it. See http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/models/51crpo/index.html for the 1951 options.

Here in NC, cars up to 1953 or 1954 use(d) the engine number for the title. (I don't know if that's changed in recent years, as I checked on that maybe 20 years ago). You can imagine the confusion that caused! Later ones use the VIN as expected.
Thank you for all this info!!

I have been lurking at stovebolt.com for a while now, and learning as I go...so far looks like a great place!

I was also on the oldcarmanualproject last night, and downloaded the "1949 Chevrolet Passenger Car and Truck Restoration Pack"...I love finding all this info. Thank you for the links!

Add to that your link for Jim Carter's website, (which for some reason I did not know about) and what more can you ask for!! ...well, maybe if he was a little closer!!

I think the simplicity of these old trucks is one of the things that I love about them, as I do many older vehicles. Now is to see about paperwork...if I can't get those ducks in a row, then I'll have to pass on this project. No point in working on something if I can never get it on the road. Going to ask some of the local antique drivers what they have to say about getting it all done legally.

Thanks again! :):tu:shakehands:
 

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just FIS (for information sake) my 1928 model A has a VIN on the frame and the engine block. If Henry took the time.............
my '56 210 was bought new here in new mexico (me second owner), and was "VIN"'d using the engine number, I had it changed to the VIN on the A pillar.
 
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