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PORT COLBORNE, ONT

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Good morning!

My '52 body seems to have a VIN stamped on the firewall.  It's really hard to see.  The main VIN plate is missing and I have no ownership.  There is no frame.

So here's the question.  What is the best method to read this VIN?  I have heard a lot of stories of what guys have tried, and I don't want to try something that will obliterate it.

Any ideas?

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Lightly sand the area by hand with fine sandpaper. If the number is there, it will show up.

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PORT COLBORNE, ONT

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I will try that first as it's also the first step in so many other methods. It is very lightly stamped and heavily rusted so I don't know if that will work, but worth a shot.

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I'd first make sure that's where the VIN is supposed to be stamped (on your particular year/make/model of vehicle), otherwise you might be spending your time trying to read a number that has nothing to do with the VIN.

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if it's stamped and you can get to the reverse side you could try rubbing it with chalk

the number should then read backwards but you can probably make out what it says

hopefully it's a vin number and not a part number for the sheetmetal firewall

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chips wrote:

I'd first make sure that's where the VIN is supposed to be stamped (on your particular year/make/model of vehicle), otherwise you might be spending your time trying to read a number that has nothing to do with the VIN.


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I think you will find its only a partial vin and the numbers won't jive with what they are suppose to be . the us had a stamp on the frame , firewall and one in the glove box . Im mot sure if ford Canada  had the glovebox tag. other then that your screwed.



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PORT COLBORNE, ONT

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Yup. I've considered all that, and more. Tried sanding, magnaflux, and searched the whole cab. Nothing. Now I need a rebuilt vin, which means a type 6 inspection for $300 on a frame which I have yet to purchase. I will have to jump through all kinds of hoops and my frame better be straight.

Since there's no frame there's no hope to find the original vin.

I'm open to ideas guys, but it looks like I have no choice but to go the RBT route.



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Roboticist wrote:


Since there's no frame there's no hope to find the original vin.



 

 

I might be stating the obvious here but, if you need a frame .... find one with an ownership or find a frame with a readable VIN and get a bill of sale with the frame, then register your truck using the VIN from the frame.  



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Yup. Just had a similar thought this morning. So I guess I need to find a frame, even if it's toasty, as long as it has a good vin.

Anyone have anything like that around?

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Roboticist wrote:

So I guess I need to find a frame, even if it's toasty, as long as it has a good vin.


 

I'm not sure why you'd settle for a "toasty" one.

Unless you're planning to make your own frame in the end, why not just buy a usuable frame that has a readable VIN and not waste you time with a rusty frame you can't use for anything more than a set of number.



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PORT COLBORNE, ONT

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I have been planning all along to put a modern truck frame under this cab.  I figure I could just buy an old truck as a donor and make it happen.  Parts would be more available and I could drive the truck more as a result.

I plan to travel in this truck, so a genuine 52 frame with genuine 52 running gear could be very expensive to repair if I'm on the road.  It has been suggested that I go with a 52 frame and add Crown Vic suspension and steering.  Not sure if that works well for me, but it could be an option.

If I could find a solid frame I could afford I'd be open to it.



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Ok, gotcha smile



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