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Old 10-16-2018, 01:14 AM
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F-1 VIN Help

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First post on this side. I recently bought a F-1. On the Title it is listed as a 1948. But the little bit of research I have done says that it is not a '48. SO is it a '49' or even a '50?
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VIN 98RC364079AT

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Old 10-16-2018, 06:28 AM
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Hello Guys,
First post on this side. I recently bought a F-1. On the Title it is listed as a 1948. But the little bit of research I have done says that it is not a '48. SO is it a '49' or even a '50?
Thanks for any help.
VIN 98RC364079AT

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Hi Neal, welcome! As you've correctly surmised, your truck is not a 48, assuming the number listed is correct. It should be listed on plates on the firewall and glove box door, as well as being stamped on the top of the right side frame rail near the motor mount. You should also be able to see a series of numbers and letters stamped into the firewall. Among those stamped figures will be codes for build date, original color, and assembly plant. Your 98RC says it's a 49-50 F1 with the V8 engine. The AT at the end is not officially a part of the serial number, but the code for the Atlanta assembly plant. I'm assuming you see that on the firewall tag. The 364079 consecutive unit number is kind of a mid point so it could go either way, but my guess is an early 50. If you can find the stamped firewall numbers and post them, that will help a lot.

Your findings may or may not look like this, exactly, but it will give you an idea of what I'm talking about.



 
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Welcome to the Bonus Built side, Neal!

In addition to the bits that Wayne mentioned, we do like to see pictures from new owners. Really like pictures. In addition to the ritual gushing about your ride, the sharp-eyed members can also spot small tells that can distinguish between a 49 and 50.

Did I mention that we like pictures?
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:33 AM
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I tried posting a pic of the VIN, but for some reason it didn't work. I attached it and hit Upload but nothing shows up. Sorry. I will keep trying.

I looked at the VIN Badge on the Firewall and it also has 229D335 stamped beside it. It's not the original frame so no luck there. It's on a 1993 S-10 Frame with a Chevy 350. Don't hate me! I just bought it that way!! The glovebox badge has been painted over.




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Old 10-16-2018, 11:15 AM
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Well I got the one picture to work but now having trouble again! Crap!

I'll keep trying some more.
 
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:35 PM
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:40 PM
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Already added some Hood Trim and the FORD on the upper grill.. It was either missing all together or just stuck on homemade stuff.
 
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That 229D335 is not an original stamping. Different style numbers than Ford plants used. (Look at the difference in the 3's)

As Wayne said, your truck is a 1950, produced sometime in April of that year. The firewall number that Wayne showed should be toward the center of the firewall (normally) with characters about 3/8" high and the same style as the data plate you posted. Get a picture of those if they can be found - they will tell more about your truck.
 
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Nothing found so far on the Center Firewall. It's covered in the typical years of dirt and grime.

I am however working on the glovebox label that was painted over. I'm slow removing the paint and I can now read some of the lettering. I see Ford MoCo, "Engine Number" "Model" no actual numbers yet. Maybe more tomorrow.
 
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Nothing found so far on the Center Firewall. It's covered in the typical years of dirt and grime.

I am however working on the glovebox label that was painted over. I'm slow removing the paint and I can now read some of the lettering. I see Ford MoCo, "Engine Number" "Model" no actual numbers yet. Maybe more tomorrow.
The numbers on the glove box tag are stamped very faint.




Let's assume for a minute that the firewall stamping is correct, even though it does look different from most every other stamping we've seen. It is in the correct format, and the 29D part would indicate an April 29, 1950 build date, which is in line with Tim's reference and data base. It would make no sense, at least to me, that someone would dummy up a firewall stamping that would match a factory sequence.

If there's anyone else out there that has an Atlanta built truck and can share their firewall stampings, that would give us something to compare to.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:35 AM
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This was solid red when I started. Steel Wool, Paint Thinner and a Hard head got it this far.
Model 9RC??? any significance? It's different than the 98RC in the actual VIN...



 
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That model number is consistent with everything else you have. I'm always amazed how tough the original paint is - they had good stuff back then. The weight rating above the model # is 4700.

You may be right about the 29D Wayne, but that style of character..... pics from others would definitely help.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:07 PM
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The center upper firewall has no markings that I can find,
 
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Neal,
No clue about the VIN. But someone has made a pretty good looking truck from the pictures! At least I like the look, stance, patina and rims!
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Hey Neal,
We've also got a 50 & we couldn't find anything on the firewall either.... So... how did they get the stance so low?
Curious what they have done to the suspension.. I like the aged red paint... looks great.

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