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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mcmopar, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. mcmopar
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    mcmopar
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    I am trying to decode my vin on my 37 Dodge pickup. I went to one sit and it said it was not a proper vin #. Does anyone have a site or knowledge of how to do this. I assume that if it is a 1937 there should be a 7 in the vin, in mine there is not.
     
  2. 24riverview
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  3. mcmopar
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    mcmopar
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    That is the site that said it was a no good vin.

    Invalid Serial Number: K09W3328
    Error Code: 3957SEQ
    Serial Number K09W3328 has a sequence number of W3328 that is out of range
    or is a serial number not recognized by this decoder.
     
  4. hellsgaterods
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    that k09w3328 isnt the vin, the vin code should be seven digits all numbers. you need to find that number for the vin.
     

  5. hellsgaterods
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    that k09w3328 is just a body number btw
     
  6. I'm going to say it was/is on the original engine like it was on my 50 dodge...
     
  7. mcmopar
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    mcmopar
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    So then the problem is now, that K09W3328 is listed as the vin on the title. So now what do I do?
     

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  8. ROADSTER1927
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    I think you are good to go. Gary
     
  9. Different states did different things when it came to assigning VIN numbers. If one of them on your truck matches the one on your title then you're all good. When I re-titled my dodge I had them swap the VIN number from the engine to the one on the body tag since I intended to do an engine swap.
     
  10. in 37 they went by the engine numbers stamped on drivers side of block just below head towards front of engine.
     
  11. If that's what is on your title just make a plate and stamp that and attach to your frame. HRP
     
  12. 40FordGuy
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    If it's already listed on your current, and (I hope valid) title, why not just use it ? That would indicate that DMV has it on file.

    4TTRUK......
     
  13. 40FordGuy
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    Ditto what hotrodprimer said.

    4TTRUK
     
  14. 73RR
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    Ditto HRP...the state apparently 'likes' that number.
    Keep in mind that when the states used the engine code as a serial number all kinds of time bombs were planted as soon as someone swapped out a dead engine. In fact MotherMopar sold replacement engines with blank pads so the numbers could be transferred, but folks like Sears and Wards just sold rebuilts with the old number intact (the 'vin' system didn't start until 1968 BTW).

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  15. mcmopar
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    Learning something everytime I ask a question, love this place.
     
  16. jonrbrt
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    from Indiana

    There were no VIN's in 1937. The trucks all had a 7 digit serial number. it is stamped on the rectangular tag found on the firewall. If that is gone it is also stamped on the outside of the driver side frame rail.
    I sell patch panels and other parts for these trucks. www.37plyguy.com
     

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