The plate doesn't look exactly like that, but pretty close.
the "F130" is listed under "type" instead of "model". I've (attempted) to post a picture in a gallery here: http://www.ford-trucks.com/user_gall...?albumid=25870
I'll try to get some more pictures up later tonite or tomorrow as well. thanks!
That is really wierd!! One of the things could have been a body swap onto a 3/4 ton frame, but than wouldn't explain the F130. Maybe the 3 is a defect in the stamping of the VIN. Is the VIN on your title the same? But then, what about the GVWR? That is too many coincidences to not be the original truck, But you never know. Either it is an oddity or someone has gotten creative to cause such a controversy/hoax. It would be nice to what the VIN says that is stamped on the chassis.
Seems to me you are all over looking one obvious possibility...VIN fraud..that door tag looks awful shiny for something that is that old. It wouldnt be the first time someone has fabricated a door Tag and VIN to try and fake out the DMV. I would verify that those tags match the VIN stamped into the frame....also look for signs that the truck has been repainted.
From my experience...when you register a vehicle at the DMV all they check is that the tag on the dash matches the one on the door and not if it matches a production VIN...there are even companies out there that sell new tags like that to restorers...I think that would explain the mysterious "Typo".
My honest thoughts....someone at some time put that fake tag on there to aviod registration costs or to cover up a stolen truck by changing the VIN and registering it a new state. Go to the DMV and ask for the Registration History on it and you may find that it was only recently put in the Sate's system from out of state.
Look carefully and you can see in that pic what looks to be the outline of the old slightly larger tag behind it on the edges.
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This isnt the first time someone brought up the question of a half ton having 3/4 ton running gear. It would be interesting to see some of the original paper work on this truck. Perhaps it was a special order fleet vehicle or some other special order.
we all know ford was not always good at documenting certain special made trucks.like fleet ordered trucks with abnormal powertrain,axles,etc.like the trucks special ordered by fire/rescue companies,municipale service trucks,forestry dept.,dept.of highways,military,and so forth i agree with dennis,contact ford,and see what they can tell you.
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